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Complex vs. Complicated

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Complexadjective

Made up of multiple parts; composite; not simple.

‘a complex being; a complex idea’;

Complicatedadjective

Difficult or convoluted.

‘It seems this complicated situation will not blow over soon.’;

Complexadjective

Not simple, easy, or straightforward; complicated.

Complicatedadjective

(biology) Folded longitudinally (as in the wings of certain insects).

Complexadjective

(mathematics) Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is a square root of −1.

‘complex function’;

Complicatedverb

simple past tense and past participle of complicate

‘The process of fixing the car engine was complicated by the lack of tools.’;

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Complexadjective

(geometry) A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.

Complicatedadjective

difficult to analyze or understand;

‘a complicated problem’; ‘complicated Middle East politics’;

Complexnoun

A problem. en

Complicatedadjective

consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements; intricate

‘a complicated stereo system’;

Complexnoun

A network of interconnected systems.

‘military-industrial complex’;

Complicatedadjective

involving many different and confusing aspects

‘a long and complicated saga’;

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Complexnoun

A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.

Complicatedadjective

involving complications

‘complicated appendicitis’;

Complexnoun

An assemblage of related things; a collection.

Complexnoun

(psychology) A psychological dislike or fear of a particular thing.

‘Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.’;

Complexnoun

An organized cluster of thunderstorms.

Complexnoun

(chemistry) A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.

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Complexnoun

(math) A complex number.

Complexverb

To form a complex with another substance

Complexverb

(transitive) To complicate.

Complexadjective

Composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a complex idea.

‘Ideas thus made up of several simple ones put together, I call complex; such as beauty, gratitude, a man, an army, the universe.’;

Complexadjective

Involving many parts; complicated; intricate.

‘When the actual motions of the heavens are calculated in the best possible way, the process is difficult and complex.’;

Complexnoun

Assemblage of related things; collection; complication.

‘This parable of the wedding supper comprehends in it the whole complex of all the blessings and privileges exhibited by the gospel.’;

Complexnoun

a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts;

‘the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town’;

Complexnoun

a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated

Complexnoun

(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

Complexnoun

a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

Complexadjective

complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts;

‘a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody’; ‘a complex mass of diverse laws and customs’;

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