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Definitions for convoluted
ˈkɒn vəˌlu tɪdcon·vo·lut·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. convolute, convolutedadjective

    rolled longitudinally upon itself

    "a convolute petal"

  2. Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuousadjective

    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"


  1. convolutedadjective

    Having numerous overlapping coils or folds.

  2. convolutedadjective

    Complex, intricate or complicated.

    He gave a convoluted explanation that amounted to little more than a weak excuse for his absence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Convolutedpart.

    Twisted; rolled upon itself.

    This differs from Muscovy-glass only in this, that the plates of that are flat and plain, whereas these are convoluted and inflected. John Woodward, on Fossils.


  1. convoluted

    Convoluted generally refers to something that is highly complex, complicated or intricate, often excessively so to the point that it's difficult to understand or follow. This term can be used to describe anything from thoughts or ideas, to plans or systems, or even physical forms such as organ structures. It can also imply the presence of numerous twists, turns, or complications.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convolutedadjective

    having convolutions

  2. Convolutedadjective

    folded in tortuous windings

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of convoluted in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of convoluted in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of convoluted in a Sentence

  1. Jared Polis:

    I've been very frustrated with the convoluted messaging out of the CDC and the The FDA, everybody should get the booster after six months. The data is incredibly clear that it increases your personal protection level -- that's why my parents got it, I got it, my family members got it.

  2. Ben Embarek:

    The possible path from whatever original animal species all the way through to the Huanan market could have taken a very long and convoluted path involving also movements across borders.

  3. Kelvin III Throop:

    I have never seen a problem so convoluted and complex, that when looked at in just the right angle, didn’t somehow seem more convoluted and complex.” -Kelvin R. Throop III

  4. John Porter:

    Health care has been very slow to embrace and adopt technology, all of the big tech firms have looked at health care as an area they can get into and make better. But then they see how complicated it is. There are privacy issues, and an insanely convoluted payment system.

  5. Henry Connelly:

    Once again, the Trump White House is tip-toeing around big pharma with a spectacularly pinched and convoluted proposal that excludes insulin and has no actual implementation date.

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used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
A butch
B elusive
C appellative
D contiguous

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