simal-, simil-, simul-, -semble

(Latin: same, like, alike; same time; to appear, to seem; together)

fax (verb), faxes; faxed; faxing
1. To produce exact reproductions, as of documents.
2. To send a message or document via a special machine or method on the internet.
malassimilation (s) (noun), malassimilations (pl)
In medicine, the imperfect absorption of nutriments into the body system: Karen's doctor indicated that her loss of weight and weakness was a result of malassimilation and efforts were being made to find a medical solution.
resemblance (s) (noun), resemblances (pl)
The extent to which someone, or something, looks like another person or something else.
resemble (verb), resembles; resembled; resembling
semblance (s) (noun), semblances (pl)
similar (adjective), more similar, most similar
1. The sharing of some qualities, but which are not identical: "They had similar experiences growing up, even though the came from completely different backgrounds."
2. Related in appearance or nature and although they are alike, they are not identical: "Their cats are similar in size and color."
3. In mathematics, a reference to elements with the same shape or angles; such as, geometric figures that differ in size or proportion but not in shape or angular measurements.
similarity (s) (noun), similarities (pl)
A quality which makes one person or thing like another one: "The two books share a similarity of ideas; in fact, Ira sees many similarities in them."
similarly (adverb), more similarly, most similarly
1. In almost the same way: "Her friend and she were similarly affected by the new tax laws."
2. A descriptive term that says that two situations, actions, statements, etc. are alike: "Similarly, there will still be some people who prefer to shoot pictures on film even after digital cameras become the norm for almost everyone else."
simile (s) (noun), similes (pl)
1. A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as.
2. A figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds.
Similia similibus curantur. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Like things are cured by likes"; or, "Similar ailments are treated successfully by similar remedies."

"Fight fire with fire." An example of this philosophy may be seen in the doctrine of homeopathy which advocates treatment of a disease by giving the sick person small amounts of substances that would produce symptoms of the same disease if they were given to a healthy person.

An opposite belief may be seen in Contraria contrariis curantur, or "Opposites are cured by opposites."

simple (adjective), more simple, most simple
simpleton (s) (noun), simpletons (pl)
1. A foolish or gullible person who is lacking common sense: If someone is called a simpleton, it usually means that he or she is easily deceived or not very intelligent.

Anyone who believes what most politicians say is a simpleton.

2. Etymology: from Latin simplex, "simple", literally "one fold", from sim-,"the same" + plicare, "to fold".
An ignorant or silly person.
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simplicity (s) (noun), simplicities (pl)
simplified (adjective), more simplified, most simplified
A reference to making something easier or uncomplicated and therefore easier to do or to understand: "Sharon developed a simplified presentation of vocabulary words."

"The teacher was asked if he could explain the math problem in more simplified terms."

simplify (verb), simplifies; simplified; simplifying
1. To make something easier to do or to understand: "The new software for the computer should simplify the process of creating new programs."
2. To reduce in complexity or extent: "Some people believe that microwave ovens have simplified cooking."