complexity

noun

com·​plex·​i·​ty kəm-ˈplek-sə-tē How to pronounce complexity (audio)
käm-
plural complexities
1
: something complex
the complexities of the murder trial
2
: the quality or state of being complex
the complexity of the contract

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The scale, the complexity of developing the right costumes and the right makeup, the size of the cast, and the scope of some of the scenes… that makes the shooting complex. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 Robinhood continues to redefine the investment experience, offering a user-friendly mobile app and website that streamline the complexities of personal finance. Stephanie Tsai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Apr. 2024 The changes and the debate around them illustrate the complexity of racial and ethnic identity. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 Launched just six years ago, this performance marketing agency has become a go-to for enterprise and challenger brands looking to navigate the complexities of digital visibility, engagement and brand growth. Chris Gallagher, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 It's also changed its design of the smart Dash Cart, reeling in its tech complexity. Alina Selyukh, NPR, 3 Apr. 2024 Israeli intelligence suggests that most of the remaining hostages are also in Rafah, the IDF says, increasing the complexity of the operation. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 In the past two decades, e-commerce, social media, the explosion of the direct-to-consumer category, and numerous other structural and technological developments have added complexity to the chief marketing job. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2024 This entire process can take months or even years, depending on the length and complexity of the cable route. Robin Chataut, The Conversation, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

complex entry 2 + -ity, perhaps after French complexité

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of complexity was in 1661

Dictionary Entries Near complexity

Cite this Entry

“Complexity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complexity. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

complexity

noun
com·​plex·​i·​ty kəm-ˈplek-sət-ē How to pronounce complexity (audio)
käm-
plural complexities
1
: something complex
the complexities of the English language
2
: the quality or state of being complex

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