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n. pl. com·plex·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being complex.
2. One of the components of something complex: a maze of bureaucratic and legalistic complexities.


n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being intricate or complex
2. something intricate or complex; complication


(kəmˈplɛk sɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being complex; intricacy: the complexity of urban life.
2. something complex: the complexities of foreign policy.




  1. (He was) as complex as the double helix and sometimes as simple as a Paramecium —Mike Sommer
  2. As complicated and unavailing as a cut-out paper snowflake —Eudora Welty
  3. As complicated as a full-bore, rollicking infidelity right in their own homes —Richard Ford
  4. As complicated as the flush valve on a water closet —Anon
  5. [A family’s history] convoluted as a Greek drama —Gail Godwin
  6. (Character is as) detailed, as intricately woven as the intricate Oriental carpets and brocades in Freud’s office —Vincent Canby, New York Times, September 24, 1986

    The Oriental carpet and brocade comparison was particularly apt for Canby’s review of Nineteen-Nineteen, a movie about two Freud patients, with many scenes in Freud’s heavily carpeted Vienna office.

  7. The detail was astonishing, like the circuits on a computer chip —James Morrow
  8. (By marriage she had to assume a whole new family of blood kin) elaborate as a graph —George Garrett
  9. (Their relationship seemed as) intricate as a DNA blueprint —Joseph Wambaugh
  10. To say Freud was complex is like saying Tolstoy could write —Anon
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complexity - the quality of being intricate and compounded; "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
elaborateness, intricacy, involution, elaboration - marked by elaborately complex detail
tapestry - something that resembles a tapestry in its complex pictorial designs; "the tapestry of European history"
trickiness - the quality of requiring skill or caution; "these puzzles are famous for their trickiness"
simplicity, simpleness - the quality of being simple or uncompounded; "the simplicity of a crystal"


noun complication, involvement, intricacy, entanglement, convolution a diplomatic problem of great complexity


Something complex:
تعقيدتَعْقيدشَيء مُعَقَّد
indviklethedkompleksitetkompleks tilstandindviklet tilstand
bonyodalombonyolultságkomplikációösszetett volta
flókiî málmargbrotiî eîli
karmaşıklıkkarmaşıkkarmaşık şey


[kəmˈpleksɪtɪ] Ncomplejidad f, lo complejo


n (= difficult nature) [problem] → complexité f
complexities npl (= problems) [life] → complications f
legal complexities → complexités fpl juridiques


nKomplexität f; (of person, mind, issue, question, problem, poem also)Vielschichtigkeit f; (of theory, task, system also, machine, pattern)Differenziertheit f, → Kompliziertheit f


[kəmˈplɛksɪtɪ] ncomplessità f inv


(ˈkompleks) , ((American) kəmˈpleks) adjective
1. composed of many parts. a complex piece of machinery.
2. complicated or difficult. a complex problem.
(ˈkompleks) noun
1. something made up of many different pieces. The leisure complex will include a swimming-pool, tennis courts, a library etc.
2. (often used loosely) an abnormal mental state caused by experiences in one's past which affect one's behaviour. She has a complex about her weight; inferiority complex.
complexity (kəmˈpleksəti) plural comˈplexities noun
1. the quality of being complex.
2. something complex.
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