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com·plex·i·ty

 (kəm-plĕk′sĭ-tē)
n. pl. com·plex·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being complex.
2. Something complex: a maze of bureaucratic and legalistic complexities.

complexity

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

com•plex•i•ty

(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.
[1715–25]

Complexity

 

See Also: DIFFICULTY

  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"

complexity

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

complexity

noun
Something complex:
Translations
تعقيدتَعْقيدشَيء مُعَقَّد
complexitat
složitostkomplexnost
indviklethedkompleksitetkompleks tilstandindviklet tilstand
keerukuskeerulisus
hankaluusmonimutkaisuusmutkikkuusongelmavaikeus
מורכבות
bonyodalombonyolultságkomplikációösszetett volta
flókiî málmargbrotiî eîli
複雑さ
painumassudėtingumas
komplicētībasarežģītība
zawiłośćzłożoność
complexitate
zapletenostzložitosť
zapletenost
komplikationkrånglighet
karmaşıklıkkarmaşıkkarmaşık şey

complexity

[kəmˈpleksɪtɪ] Ncomplejidad f, lo complejo

complexity

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

complexity

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

complexity

[kəmˈplɛksɪtɪ] ncomplessità f inv

complex

(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.
References in classic literature ?
What a complex riddle --a complexity of complexities--do they present
She turned to Noel Vanstone; her perfectly sincere intention of making the proposed request, mingling -- in that strange complexity of motives which is found so much oftener in a woman's mind than in a man's -- with her jealous distrust of the impression which Magdalen had produced on her master.
Let him betray his friend's confidence, and he will adore that same cunning complexity called Chance, which gives him the hope that his friend will never know.
He stood on the shore, listening to the grinding, swaying sound of the skates, and watching the growing complexity of the curves they were engraving on the ice.
Its wires and switchboards and batteries are scattered and hidden, and few have sufficient imagination to picture them in all their complexity.
To some minds it will not appear a trivial objection, that it could tend to increase the complexity of the political machine, and to add a new spring to the government, the utility of which would at best be questionable.
Besides the obscurity arising from the complexity of objects, and the imperfection of the human faculties, the medium through which the conceptions of men are conveyed to each other adds a fresh embarrassment.
A blind Fate, a vast pitiless Mechanism, seemed to cut and shape the fabric of existence and I, Moreau (by his passion for research), Montgomery (by his passion for drink), the Beast People with their instincts and mental restrictions, were torn and crushed, ruthlessly, inevitably, amid the infinite complexity of its incessant wheels.
They had more rites, more ceremonies, more complexity in their sensations, more knowledge of evil, more varied meanings to the subtle phrases of their language.
He was a famous poet in his day, and the world recognised his genius with a unanimity which the greater complexity of modern life has rendered infrequent.
Whatever happened to him now would be one more motive to add to the complexity of the pattern, and when the end approached he would rejoice in its completion.
And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: "This is the cause