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complexity

[kuh m-plek-si-tee] /kəmˈplɛk sɪ ti/
noun, plural complexities for 2.
1.
the state or quality of being complex; intricacy:
the complexity of urban life.
2.
something complex:
the complexities of foreign policy.
Origin of complexity
1715-1725
First recorded in 1715-25; complex + -ity
Related forms
intercomplexity, noun, plural intercomplexities.
overcomplexity, noun
supercomplexity, noun, plural supercomplexities.
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  • The complexity of life is shown by the extension of the necessity of choice.

  • To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • But our State in which one man plays one part only is not adapted for complexity.

    The Republic Plato
  • Lydia said, in a low tone charged with her own complexity of sentiment.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • This is too often lost sight of in the complexity of things.

British Dictionary definitions for complexity

complexity

/kəmˈplɛksɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being intricate or complex
2.
something intricate or complex; complication
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Word Origin and History for complexity
n.

1721, "composite nature," from complex (adj.) + -ity. Meaning "intricacy" is from 1790. Meaning "a complex condition" is from 1794.

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