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knotty

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of knotty

  1. 1 having many parts or aspects that are usually interrelated the knotty problems that arise when every nation is part of the global marketplace Synonyms of knotty baroque, byzantine, complicate, complicated, convoluted, daedal, elaborate, intricate, involute, involved, complex, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, sophisticated, tangledWords Related to knotty overcomplex, overcomplicated; composite, compound, heterogeneous, mixed, multibranched, multifaceted, multifarious, multipart, varied; challenging, difficult, tough; impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable, Kafkaesque, unfathomable, unintelligibleNear Antonyms of knotty oversimplified, simplified, simplistic; homogeneous, uniform, unvariedAntonyms of knotty noncomplex, noncomplicated, plain, simple, uncomplicated

  2. 2 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling the candidates cautiously gave their views on an array of knotty issues Synonyms of knotty catchy, delicate, difficult, dodgy [chiefly British], hairy, tricky, nasty, prickly, problematic (also problematical), sensitive, spiny, sticky, thorny, ticklish, touchy, tough, tricksyWords Related to knotty abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, hard, intricate, involved, recondite, serious; problem, scabrous, stubborn, troublesome, troublous, vexatious, vexing, worrisome; burdensome, demanding, discommoding, exacting, exhausting, importunate, inconvenient, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressfulNear Antonyms of knotty easy, effortless, manageable, painless, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated, undemanding, unproblematic

Synonym Discussion of knotty

complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty mean having confusingly interrelated parts. complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure.
    • a complex recipe
complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining.
    • complicated legal procedures
intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately.
    • an intricate web of deceit
involved implies extreme complication and often disorder.
    • a rambling, involved explanation
knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable.
    • knotty ethical questions


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