Complex vs. Simple

Complex vs. Simple — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Complex and Simple

Complexadjective

Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite

complex equipment with multiple components.

Simpleadjective

Having few parts or features; not complicated or elaborate

a house with a simple floor plan.

Complexadjective

Composed of two or more units

a complex carbohydrate.

Simpleadjective

Easy to understand, do, or carry out

a simple set of instructions.a simple chore.

Complexadjective

Difficult to understand for being intricate or involved; complicated

a complex problem.

Simpleadjective

Having or composed of only one thing, element, or part

a simple chemical substance.

Complexadjective

Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word.

Simpleadjective

Being without additions or modifications; mere

a simple "yes" or "no.".

Complexadjective

Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence.

Simpleadjective

(Biology) Having no divisions or branches; not compound

a simple leaf.a simple eye or lens.

Complexnoun

A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts

a complex of cities and suburbs.the military-industrial complex.

Simpleadjective

(Music) Being without figuration or elaboration

a simple tone.

Complexnoun

A building or group of buildings used for a single purpose

a sports complex.

Simpleadjective

Having little or no ornamentation; not embellished or adorned

a simple dress.

Complexnoun

In psychoanalysis, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior.

Simpleadjective

Not characterized by luxury or elaborate commitments

simple living.

Complexnoun

An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear

has a complex about his weight.

Simpleadjective

Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere

a simple child.told us about his achievement in the simplest manner.

Complexnoun

(Medicine) The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.

Simpleadjective

Having or showing little intelligence, education, or experience

simple people who have trouble understanding health regulations.

Complexadjective

Made up of multiple parts; composite; not simple.

a complex being; a complex idea

Simpleadjective

Lowly in condition or rank

a simple woodcutter.

Complexadjective

Not simple, easy, or straightforward; complicated.

Simplenoun

A medicinal plant or the medicine obtained from it.

Complexadjective

(mathematics) Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is a square root of −1.

complex function

Simpleadjective

Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.

Complexadjective

(geometry) A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.

Simpleadjective

Without ornamentation; plain.

Complexnoun

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Simpleadjective

Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.

Complexnoun

A network of interconnected systems.

military-industrial complex

Simpleadjective

Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.

Complexnoun

A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.

Simpleadjective

Trivial; insignificant.

Complexnoun

An assemblage of related things; a collection.

Simpleadjective

Feeble-minded; foolish.

Complexnoun

(psychology) A psychological dislike or fear of a particular thing.

Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.

Simpleadjective

Structurally uncomplicated.

Complexnoun

An organized cluster of thunderstorms.

Simpleadjective

(chemistry) Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.

Complexnoun

(chemistry) A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.

Simpleadjective

(mathematics) Of a group: having no normal subgroup.

Complexnoun

(math) A complex number.

Simpleadjective

(botany) Not compound, but possibly lobed.

Complexverb

To form a complex with another substance

Simpleadjective

Using steam only once in its cylinders, in contrast to a compound engine, where steam is used more than once in high-pressure and low-pressure cylinders.

Complexverb

(transitive) To complicate.

Simpleadjective

(zoology) Consisting of a single individual or zooid; not compound.

a simple ascidian

Complexnoun

a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts;

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

Simpleadjective

(mineralogy) Homogenous.

Complexnoun

a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated

Simpleadjective

(obsolete) Mere; not other than; being only.

Complexnoun

(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

Simplenoun

(medicine) A herbal preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.

Complexnoun

a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

Simplenoun

A physician.

Complexadjective

complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts;

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

Simplenoun

(logic) A simple or atomic proposition.

Simplenoun

(obsolete) Something not mixed or compounded.

Simplenoun

(weaving) A drawloom.

Simplenoun

(weaving) Part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.

Simplenoun

(Roman Catholic) A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.

Simpleverb

To gather simples, i.e., medicinal herbs.

Simplenoun

any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

Simplenoun

a person lacking intelligence or common sense

Simpleadjective

having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved;

a simple problemsimple mechanismsa simple designa simple substance

Simpleadjective

easy and not involved or complicated;

an elementary problem in statisticselementary, my dear Watsona simple gamefound an uncomplicated solution to the problem

Simpleadjective

apart from anything else; without additions or modifications;

only the bare factsshocked by the mere ideathe simple passage of time was enoughthe simple truth

Simpleadjective

exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity;

childlike trustdewy-eyed innocencesimple courtesy

Simpleadjective

lacking mental capacity and devoid of subtlety

Simpleadjective

(botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

Simpleadjective

not elaborate in style; unornamented;

a simple country schoolhouseher black dress--simple to austerity