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    complex VS intricate VS complicated

    Howdy!

    Is there a difference between/among these three words or do they all mean the same?

    complicated, complex, intricate

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    Re: complex VS intricate VS complicated

    complex

    a lot of details or small parts that make it difficult to understand or deal with

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...ritish/complex

    having parts that connect or go together in complicated ways

    not easy to understand or explain

    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/complex

    intricate

    Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate. See Synonyms at elaborate.

    http://education.yahoo.com/reference...ntry/intricate

    complex and difficult to understand or resolve, through having many interrelated elements, parts, or factors

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/featur...fid=1861622123

    http://dictionary.infoplease.com/intricate

    A thing is complex when it is made up of parts; it is complicated when those parts are so many, or so arranged, as to make it difficult to grasp them; it is intricate when it has numerous windings and confused involutions which it is hard to follow out. What is complex must be resolved into its parts; what is complicated must be drawn out and developed; what is intricate must be unraveled.

    http://machaut.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/...WORD=intricate

    The two words are synonymous. The word intricate has wider meanings including elaborate details.

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