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English adjective: complex

1. complex complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

SamplesA complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody.
A complex mass of diverse laws and customs.

Similaranalyzable, Byzantine, colonial, complicated, composite, compound, compound, convoluted, daedal, decomposable, Gordian, interlacing, interlinking, interlocking, interwoven, intricate, involved, knotty, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, mazy, multifactorial, multiplex, tangled, thickening, tortuous

See alsocompound, difficult, hard

Attributecomplexity, complexness


English noun: complex

1. complex (cognition) a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

SamplesThe complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town.


Broader (hypernym)whole

Narrower (hyponym)hybrid, syndrome

2. complex (substance) a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated

Synonymscoordination compound

Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

Narrower (hyponym)hydrochloride

3. complex (feeling) (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

Broader (hypernym)feeling

Narrower (hyponym)Electra complex, inferiority complex, Oedipal complex, Oedipus complex

Domain categoryanalysis, depth psychology, psychoanalysis

4. complex (artifact) a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

Synonymsbuilding complex

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)college, industrial plant, plant, ribbon development, works

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