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What does simply put mean in the following paragraph?

Acoustic musical instruments are common throughout the world. Simply put, an acoustic instrument is any instrument that makes sound. This lecture will introduce you to an acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century.

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    If that's the definition being used, what other sort of musical instrument is there? – StoneyB Apr 14 '13 at 13:04
  • @StoneyB: It's a somewhat badly phrased definition. An acoustic instrument is one that does not need electricity to make audible music. Hence, an electric guitar, synthesizer and electric piano are examples of musical instrument that are not acoustic. – Matt Apr 14 '13 at 13:32
  • @Matt That's certainly how I use it. – StoneyB Apr 14 '13 at 13:42
  • @StoneyB Air guitar? – starsplusplus Feb 7 '14 at 11:21
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Simply put, simply put is a two-word phrase that means, "described in basic terms," or "stated in simple language," or, "as an easy definition..."

The put in simply put refers to put into words.

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"Simply put" is another way of saying "simply SAID."

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"Simply put" can be used to introduce an explanation or statement that might not be 100% technically correct or describe every detail, but conveys the basic idea.

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