con·​vo·​lute | \ ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio) \
convoluted; convoluting

Definition of convolute

: twist, coil

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The relationship was convoluted from the moment Ventura and Sangiovanni connected on social media. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 Party identification is slightly convoluted in the sheriff’s race, which is still partisan despite a change approved by voters in 2016 that would make the race nonpartisan. Steven Lemongello,, "Central Florida elections feature some high profile names," 22 June 2018 The system is further convoluted by increasingly common rebates that drug companies pay to PBMs. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here's why it's a nightmare to lower U.S. drug prices," 3 May 2018 Companies can no longer hide behind convoluted and often ignored user agreements, but must obtain consent with a full understanding of the user where their data may go. New York Times, "How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google," 23 Apr. 2018 That said: Man, did the Dolores stuff get convoluted in the first season. Scott Meslow, GQ, "What We Want From Westworld Season 2," 20 Apr. 2018 Their origin story is convoluted because the commercial market took decades to develop in the early 20th century, evolving first from tractors and Ford Model T conversions. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ice-Kicking Glory of the Snowcat," 5 Mar. 2018 In this captivating, charming, if occasionally convoluted, memoir, Kelly generously takes the reader through a life of endless dedication that ultimately led to his groundbreaking 12 months in space. Jaroslav Kalfar, New York Times, "A Memoir of a Year on the International Space Station," 7 Dec. 2017 Todd Haynes’s convoluted new film is a disappointing follow-up to his masterpiece Carol. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Wonderstruck Chooses Mess Over Magic," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of convolute

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convolute

Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere

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con·​vo·​lute | \ ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio) \

Medical Definition of convolute

: rolled or wound together with one part upon another

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to take the place or position of

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