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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.
References in classic literature ?
She did not analyze the audacious trick by which the man had turned to his advantage the subtle effects of the expected and the obvious; she was still under the cloud of more individual complexities, and she noticed must of all that the vanishing scarecrow did not even turn to look at the farm.
Although she was by birth an Alardyce, and Aunt Celia a Hilbery, the complexities of the family relationship were such that each was at once first and second cousin to the other, and thus aunt and cousin to the culprit Cyril, so that his misbehavior was almost as much Cousin Caroline's affair as Aunt Celia's.
He went home and read far into the smallest hour, bringing a much more testing vision of details and relations into this pathological study than he had ever thought it necessary to apply to the complexities of love and marriage, these being subjects on which he felt himself amply informed by literature, and that traditional wisdom which is handed down in the genial conversation of men.
Bradley's head was whirling before he even commenced to grasp the complexities of Caspakian evolution; but as the truth slowly filtered into his understanding--as gradually it became possible for him to visualize the scheme, it appeared simpler.
For what end are her fair complexities, her changes of soil, her sinuous coast?
The complexities of life were weighing him down a good deal.
When we looked at the complexities plaguing advertisers and publishers, we were confident that applying sophisticated search-like technology could solve the problem," said John Ellis, vice president of product and technology, Turn Inc.
While other vendors struggle to keep up by adding new technologies on top of unwieldy legacy infrastructures that were never built for virtualization, only Egenera has been able to simplify the management of virtual machines in a way that completely protects customers from the complexities that bog down their operational performance.
The Storage Systems group at IBM Almaden Research Center currently has several research projects in progress to address the complexities of autonomic storage.
Coincidental with the surface complexities of this movement, other more profound forces for complexity have been at work shaping the environment.
While many professionals struggle to understand the complexities of Sec.
He even acknowledges toward the end of the book that "the common law was, in fact, quite attuned to complexities - externalities, aggregate effects, multiple causation, unquantifiable risks, and indirect but nonetheless real effects.