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knotty

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of knotty

  1. 1 having many parts or aspects that are usually interrelated <the knotty problems that arise when every nation is part of the global marketplace> Synonyms baroque, byzantine, complicate, complicated, convoluted, daedal, elaborate, intricate, involute, involved, complex, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, sophisticated, tangledRelated Words overcomplex, overcomplicated; composite, compound, heterogeneous, mixed, multibranched, multifaceted, multifarious, multipart, varied; challenging, difficult, tough; impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable, Kafkaesque, unfathomable, unintelligibleNear Antonyms oversimplified, simplified, simplistic; homogeneous, uniform, unvariedAntonyms noncomplex, noncomplicated, plain, simple, uncomplicated

  2. 2 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling <the candidates cautiously gave their views on an array of knotty issues> Synonyms catchy, delicate, difficult, dodgy [chiefly British], hairy, tricky, nasty, prickly, problematic (also problematical), sensitive, spiny, sticky, thorny, ticklish, touchy, tough, tricksyRelated Words abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, hard, intricate, involved, recondite, serious; problem, scabrous, stubborn, troublesome, troublous, vexatious, vexing, worrisome; burdensome, demanding, discommoding, exacting, exhausting, importunate, inconvenient, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressfulNear Antonyms easy, effortless, manageable, painless, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated, undemanding, unproblematic




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