What is the opposite of elaborate?

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Opposite of detailed and complicated in design and planning, involving many carefully arranged elements
“We must have all discussed at some time or another the reliability of a piece of equipment, whether a complex system such as a car or an unsophisticated device like a tin opener.”
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Opposite of visually impressive or showy
“Under a quiet exterior and plain dress were a daring nature and indomitable ambition for military and naval distinction.”
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Opposite of magnificent and splendid, suggesting abundance and great expense, and having a flavor of debauchery
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Opposite of involving the use of exaggerated or flowery writing or language
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Opposite of thorough, to a great degree, with intensity
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Opposite of having, including, or paying attention to many small details or features
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Opposite of diligent in performing a process or procedure
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Opposite of having a (confusingly) complicated structure or system
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Opposite of extravagantly ornate, like purple prose
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Opposite of elegant, smart, or stylish
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Opposite of hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work)
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Opposite of created in a deliberate, rather than natural or spontaneous, way
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(of technology) Opposite of in a late stage of development
“The eatery was using an incredibly unevolved method of processing credit cards.”
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Opposite of strictly conventional in one's manner or behavior
“Jerry had an unceremonious retirement, but he was characteristically unceremonious himself.”
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Opposite of of delicate or intricate workmanship or structure
“Her culinary style was rather coarse and rustic, which was the way her grandmother taught her to cook.”
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Opposite of involving the use of innovation or imagination during the process of creation
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Opposite of very fine in quality and comfortable
“I was unable to justify the cost of the suit, which was made from cheap fabric.”
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Opposite of embellished to the point of being false or untrue
“The riveting documentary tells a true story about the cutthroat world of gymnastics.”
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Opposite of having a strange, curious or mysterious nature
“Brauer's protagonist enjoys many of the properties of ordinary characters.”
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Opposite of done with care and precision
“The rough arrangement of flowers exhibited the florist's incompetence.”
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(of language) Opposite of associated with literary works or other formal writing
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Opposite of relating to, or requiring the wearing of, elegant dress
“Invitees are advised to dress in casual wear for the event.”
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(informal) Opposite of whimsical or flamboyant
“This year's Mardi Gras is much more boring than last year's.”
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(elaborate on) Opposite of to add more detail to something, especially of information
“It was hard for Bob to condense all that information into one little postcard.”
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(elaborate on) Opposite of to explain or provide information about something (in greater detail)
“They conspired to obfuscate the facts to the detriment of the health of millions of people.”
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Opposite of to describe or express in too exaggerated terms
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Opposite of to increase in amount, size or degree
“We've cut out the middleman and can reduce prices for our customers.”
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Opposite of to provide full information about
“While the doctor may restrict disclosure in order to help the patient, it is not allowable to withhold information regarding risks out of getting the patient to accept treatment.”
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Opposite of to develop gradually
“Within the extreme conditions of total war, the whole of society can retrogress to a primitive state.”
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Opposite of to greatly emphasize a point or issue
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Opposite of make a performance of
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Opposite of to improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence
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Opposite of to develop or be developed
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