complex number

noun

Definition of complex number 

: a number of the form a + b √-1 where a and b are real numbers

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Actually, the drunken driver and the triple murderer were only a few points apart on their risk-assessment score, a complex number system Idaho and other states use to classify prisoners as minimum-, medium- or maximum-security risks. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Idaho inmate death shines light on cellmate pairings at U.S. prisons," 15 Mar. 2018 Actually, the drunken driver and the triple murderer were only a few points apart on their risk assessment score, a complex number system Idaho and other states use to classify prisoners as minimum-, medium- or maximum-security risks. Rebecca Boone, idahostatesman, "In prison for DUI, he shared a cell with a murderer — and now, he’s dead | Idaho Statesman," 15 Mar. 2018 Beneath Jones’ biracial and bipartisan balancing act is a complex numbers game that has vexed Alabama Democrats for decades. Washington Post, "Aided by scandal, Dems fighting math and history in Alabama," 10 Dec. 2017 Beneath Jones’ balancing act is a complex numbers game that has vexed Alabama Democrats for decades. Kim Chandler, The Seattle Times, "Aided by scandal, Dems fighting math and history in Alabama," 9 Dec. 2017

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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