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convoluted

[kon-vuh-loo-tid] /ˈkɒn vəˌlu tɪd/
adjective
1.
twisted; coiled.
2.
complicated; intricately involved:
a convoluted way of describing a simple device.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; convolute + -ed2
Related forms
convolutedly, adjective
convolutedness, noun
unconvoluted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for convolutedly

convoluted

/ˈkɒnvəˌluːtɪd/
adjective
1.
(esp of meaning, style, etc) difficult to comprehend; involved
2.
wound together; coiled
Derived Forms
convolutedly, adverb
convolutedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for convolutedly

convoluted

adj.

1811, past participle adjective from verb convolute (1690s), from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere (see convolution); or perhaps a back-formation from convolution. French has convoluté (18c.), in form a past participle adjective, without the verb.

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