- to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
- complex; involved.
- Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
Origin of complicate
- composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex: complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions.
- difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc.: a complicated problem.
Origin of complicated
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Examples from the Web for uncomplicated
It reminds us that history rarely gives us uncomplicated heroes or black-and-white moral choices.How ‘Cosmos’ Bungles the History of Religion and Science
March 23, 2014
Here I could live in a way I could never afford to at home, from uncluttered surroundings to uncomplicated relationships.I Can’t Shake Hawaii: An Ode to Returning to Places You’ve Been Before
Debra A. Klein
October 7, 2013
Though this term literally means “playing the trumpet,” colloquially it refers to uncomplicated sex.‘Jersey Shore’ Guide to Italian
August 4, 2011
They remind us what uncomplicated strength of character looks like.Boyle and the Invisible Women
April 20, 2009
First, Captain Sully, with his cool competence, and now Captain Phillips, with his uncomplicated courage.The Pirates and Us
April 12, 2009
To his uncomplicated nature the affair was still one of tit for tat.Fraternity
As uncomplicated injuries, these wounds were little to be feared.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
Alix's nature was uncomplicated by any consciousness of self.Sisters
And your man of achievement is pretty apt to be an uncomplicated human.Amazing Grace
Kate Trimble Sharber
Lee wasn't materially, patiently, sensual in that uncomplicated manner.Cytherea
- not complicated; simple
- to make or become complex
- biology folded on itselfa complicate leaf
- a less common word for complicated
- made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
Word Origin and History for uncomplicated
1640s, "tangled," from past participle adjective from complicate. Figurative meaning "not easy to solve, intricate, confused, difficult to unravel" is from 1650s.
1620s, "to intertwine" (as a past participle adjective, early 15c.), from Latin complicatus "folded together; confused, intricate," past participle of complicare (see complication). Meaning "to make more complex" is recorded from 1832, from earlier sense "to combine in a complex way" (17c.). Related: Complicated; complicating.