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.
Origin of complexity
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.
First recorded in 1715–25; complex
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British Dictionary definitions for over-complexity
- the state or quality of being intricate or complex
- something intricate or complex; complication
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Word Origin and History for over-complexity
1721, "composite nature," from complex (adj.) + -ity. Meaning "intricacy" is from 1790. Meaning "a complex condition" is from 1794.
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