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Definitions for complexity
kəmˈplɛk sɪ ticom·plex·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complexity, complexness(noun)

    the quality of being intricate and compounded

    "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"


  1. complexity(Noun)

    The state of being complex; intricacy; entanglement.

  2. complexity(Noun)

    That which is and renders complex; intricacy; complication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complexity(noun)

    the state of being complex; intricacy; entanglement

    Etymology: [Cf. F. complexit.]

  2. Complexity(noun)

    that which is complex; intricacy; complication

    Etymology: [Cf. F. complexit.]


  1. Complexity

    In general usage, complexity tends to be used to characterize something with many parts in intricate arrangement. The study of these complex linkages is the main goal of complex systems theory. In science there are at this time a number of approaches to characterizing complexity, many of which are reflected in this article. Neil Johnson describes complexity science as the study of the phenomena which emerge from a collection of interacting objects. In a business context, complexity management is the methodology to minimize value-destroying complexity and efficiently control value-adding complexity in a cross-functional approach.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complexity' in Nouns Frequency: #1698

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complexity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complexity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of complexity in a Sentence

  1. Andrea Baccarelli:

    The lack of preventative options at the individual level adds complexity to tackling this major public health challenge.

  2. Bruce Dickinson:

    It was quite literally a revelation, i had this incredible moment of apprehension when I realized how close to ground it was. But as soon as we got away from the ground … the happier I was. I was in the air. I realized the complexity of the world that I was in … and the fact that you could never, ever know this activity... you would never fully know what was going to happen next or understand exactly what was going to go on for your day. And that I found incredibly exciting.

  3. David Schwebel:

    It’s very hard for the brain to handle multiple tasks at the same time, and walking through the obstacle course in this study required people to negotiate things like steps that require some cognitive complexity to complete while they were also distracted by texting.

  4. Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber:

    Our investigation is of great complexity and quite substantial. To give you an example, the OAG (Office of the Attorney General) has seized around nine terabytes of data, so far our investigative team obtained evidence concerning 104 banking relations. And be aware that every banking relation represents several bank accounts.

  5. Lionel Trilling:

    Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.

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