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The case of Yates was by all odds the most complex and bewildering of the four.

It is only the artificial and the complex that bewilder them.

Yours must be the spirit of the times, strenuous, complex, democratic.

Through them from the garden and the fields entered a complex of sweet odors.

But the facts are far too complex to enable us thus to rush hastily to an answer.

Not that I want to be too tragic, but my state of mind is rather a complex one.

But a robot can't take the place of a cop, it's a complex human job.

But most babies are complex characters, and are not known in an hour.

But we are able to characterise them sufficiently by that part of the complex action which is the most prominent.

The Hegelian dialectic may be also described as a movement from the simple to the complex.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "composed of parts," from French complexe "complicated, complex, intricate" (17c.), from Latin complexus "surrounding, encompassing," past participle of complecti "to encircle, embrace," in transferred use, "to hold fast, master, comprehend," from com- "with" (see com-) + plectere "to weave, braid, twine, entwine," from PIE *plek-to-, from root *plek- "to plait" (see ply (v.1)). The meaning "not easily analyzed" is first recorded 1715. Complex sentence is attested from 1881.

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