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convoluted

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adjective con·vo·lut·ed \ˈkän-və-ˌlü-təd\

Simple Definition of convoluted

  • : very complicated and difficult to understand

  • : having many twists and curves

Full Definition of convoluted

  1. 1 :  having convolutions

  2. 2 :  involved, intricate <a convoluted argument>

Examples of convoluted

  1. At base stands a profound respect for the integrity of history and the complex and convoluted relationship between present and the past. —Ira Berlin, New York Times Book Review, 9 Sept. 2001

  2. They are pictures of convoluted tree trunks on an island of pink wave-smoothed stone … —Margaret Atwood, Harper's, August 1990

  3. … she has been fashioning sequences of plans too convoluted to materialize … —Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984

  4. To therapists, stepfamilies may present convoluted psychological dilemmas … —Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Family Politics, 1983

  5. <a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before>



Origin of convoluted

(see convolute)


First Known Use: 1766


Medical Dictionary

convoluted

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adjective con·vo·lut·ed \-ˌlü-təd\

Medical Definition of convoluted

  1. :  folded in curved or tortuous windings; specifically :  having convolutions <the highly convoluted human cerebral cortex>





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