1. [ adjective ] complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

"a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody" "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"

Related terms: simple simple complicated Byzantine interlacing composite compound gordian labyrinthine colonial thickening multiplex multifactorial daedal analyzable difficult compound complexity
2. [ noun ] a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
Synonyms: composite

"the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"

Related terms: whole syndrome hybrid
3. [ noun ] (chemistry) a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated
Synonyms: coordination_compound
Related terms: compound hydrochloride
4. [ noun ] (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
Related terms: feeling inferiority_complex Electra_complex Oedipus_complex psychoanalysis
5. [ noun ] a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
Synonyms: building_complex
Related terms: structure plant ribbon_development college
Similar spelling:   complexly