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abstruse

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difficult for one of ordinary knowledge or intelligence to understand
  • you're not the only one who finds Einstein's theory of relativity abstruse

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“Abstruse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/abstruse. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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