AskDefine | Define plainness

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1 the state of being unmixed with other material; "the plainness of vanilla ice cream"
2 clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous [syn: perspicuity, perspicuousness]
3 the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
4 an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful; "fine clothes could not conceal the girl's homeliness" [syn: homeliness]

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  1. The condition of being plain (in all senses)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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