complex

People who are really good at math can handle complex math problems. The rest of us are all set with simple stuff like the times tables. Use complex to refer to something that is not simple.

Something complex has two or more related parts, or is not simple in its structure. As a noun, a complex is a group of units, often a group of buildings. The adjective is stressed on the second syllable, but the noun is stressed on the first syllable. Complex is from Latin complexus, from complecti "to encircle or embrace."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: complex

1
adjn
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts
a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
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n
(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: complex
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adj 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”
Synonyms
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
compound
composed of more than one part
analyzable, decomposable
capable of being partitioned
Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous
highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
colonial, compound
composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony
complicated
difficult to analyze or understand
composite
consisting of separate interconnected parts
compound
consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts
daedal
complex and ingenious in design or function
Gordian
extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'
interlacing, interlinking, interlocking, interwoven
linked or locked closely together as by dovetailing
intricate
having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
labyrinthian, labyrinthine, mazy
resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity
multifactorial
involving or depending on several factors or causes (especially pertaining to a condition or disease resulting from the interaction of many genes)
multiplex
having many parts or aspects
thickening
becoming more intricate or complex
Antonyms:
simple
having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
easy
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
simple, unsubdivided
(botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
simplex
having only one part or element
simplistic
characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity
unanalyzable, undecomposable
representing the furthest possible extent of analysis or division into parts
uncomplicated, unsophisticated
lacking complexity
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n a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

“the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town”
Synonyms:
composite
Types:
hybrid
a composite of mixed origin
syndrome
a complex of concurrent things
Type of:
whole
all of something including all its component elements or parts

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

Synonyms:
building complex
Examples:
Dartmouth College
a college in New Hampshire
United States Mint
the mint that manufactures and distributes United States coins for circulation through Federal Reserve Banks; processes gold and silver bullion
Types:
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college
a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed
industrial plant, plant, works
buildings for carrying on industrial labor
ribbon development
building complex in a continuous row along a road
bottling plant
a plant where beverages are put into bottles with caps
brewery
a plant where beer is brewed by fermentation
distillery, still
a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation
factory, manufactory, manufacturing plant, mill
a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
mint
a plant where money is coined by authority of the government
packing plant, packinghouse
a plant where livestock are slaughtered and processed and packed as meat products
recycling plant
a plant for reprocessing used or abandoned materials
refinery
an industrial plant for purifying a crude substance
saltworks
a plant where salt is produced commercially
disposal plant, sewage disposal plant
a plant for disposing of sewage
smelter, smeltery
an industrial plant for smelting
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

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

Synonyms:
coordination compound
Types:
hydrochloride
a complex consisting of an organic base in association with hydrogen chloride
Type of:
chemical compound, compound
(chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
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n (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

Types:
Oedipal complex, Oedipus complex
a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved
Electra complex
a complex of females; sexual attraction to the father
inferiority complex
a sense of personal inferiority arising from conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

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adj
complicated in structure
1 complex
nn
a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
a combination of emotions and impulses influencing behavior
2 complex
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