Word of the Week 2- Complex & Complexity
If something is complex, it is not simple and that means it can be hard to comprehend. Synonyms: complicated, tangled, elaborate, Gordian, difficult, knotty, tricky.
In other words, it is an adjective that describes something composed of many parts and normally takes a long time to study or understand.
It can be used in a neutral and negative way, but it can also turn something negative into something constructive, that calls to action.
The noun form is complexity. Synonyms: complication, problem, difficulty, twist.
- This is a complex question which requires careful consideration.
- The complexity of the issue at hand means that we ought to spend a few more hours on identifying its causes and recommending solutions.
- Most biologists accept that complex organisms evolved from simple life-forms.
- The company is involved in complex negotiations with our trading partners which will take many months to resolve.
- The complexity of Gardner’s model of motivation can be seen in the chart below.
Now practice using this word by answering these questions:
- Is managing your work schedule so complex that you have to set alarms on your smart phone?
- What is the most complex aspect of the work you are doing?
- Which aspects of your corporate culture do you find most complex?