complexity

[ kuh m-plek-si-tee ]
/ kəmˈplɛk sɪ ti /

noun, plural com·plex·i·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being complex; intricacy: the complexity of urban life.
something complex: the complexities of foreign policy.

Nearby words

  1. complexing agent,
  2. complexion,
  3. complexioned,
  4. complexionless,
  5. complexities,
  6. complexity theory,
  7. complexometric titration,
  8. complexometry,
  9. complexone,
  10. compliable

Origin of complexity

First recorded in 1715–25; complex + -ity

Related formsin·ter·com·plex·i·ty, noun, plural in·ter·com·plex·i·ties.o·ver·com·plex·i·ty, nounsu·per·com·plex·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·com·plex·i·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for complexity

complexity

/ (kəmˈplɛksɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being intricate or complex
something intricate or complex; complication
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Word Origin and History for complexity

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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