simply

/sim"plee/, adv.
1. in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
2. plainly; unaffectedly.
3. sincerely; artlessly: to speak simply as a child.
4. merely; only: It is simply a cold.
5. unwisely; foolishly: If you behave simply toward him, you're bound to be betrayed.
6. wholly; absolutely: simply irresistible.
[1250-1300; ME simpleliche. See SIMPLE, -LY]

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