complexity

noun
com·​plex·​i·​ty | \ kəm-ˈplek-sə-tē How to pronounce complexity (audio) , käm- \
plural complexities

Definition of complexity

1 : something complex the complexities of the murder trial
2 : the quality or state of being complex the complexity of the contract

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Examples of complexity in a Sentence

He was impressed by the complexity of the music. The diagram illustrates the complexity of the cell's structure. He doesn't grasp the complexity of the situation.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the biggest U.S. firms, including Apple, AT&T, Exxon and Facebook, report the most uncertain tax benefits, partly because of the sheer size and complexity of their businesses. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Some of the biggest U.S. firms, including Apple, AT&T, Exxon and Facebook, report the most uncertain tax benefits, partly because of the sheer size and complexity of their businesses. Author: Douglas Macmillan, Kevin Schaul, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2021 Crews battling the Bootleg fire will split efforts into two zones due to the size and complexity of the Klamath County conflagration, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday. oregonlive, 13 July 2021 The rich flavors of ripe apple and golden honey add depth and complexity to this refreshing cocktail. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 28 June 2021 But these investigations were not in-depth enough for a department of UDAF’s size and complexity, auditors found. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2021 Before the movie's opening, T&C chatted with Scott about his inspirations for the film's choreography, working with Miranda, and the pure mechanics of orchestrating a production of this scale and complexity. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 13 June 2021 Over recent decades, multinational businesses have grown in size and complexity. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 12 June 2021 Only one other country with comparable size and complexity has given democracy a sustained, multigenerational shot. Jonah Blank, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of complexity

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complexity

see complex entry 2

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The first known use of complexity was in 1661

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“Complexity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complexity. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for complexity

complexity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complexity

: the quality or state of not being simple : the quality or state of being complex
: a part of something that is complicated or hard to understand

complexity

noun
com·​plex·​i·​ty | \ kəm-ˈplek-sə-tē How to pronounce complexity (audio) \
plural complexities

Kids Definition of complexity

1 : the quality or condition of being difficult to understand or of lacking simplicity the complexity of a problem
2 : something difficult to understand or lacking simplicity the complexities of business

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