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 Dictionary entry overview: What does convoluted mean? 

CONVOLUTED (adjective)
  The adjective CONVOLUTED has 2 senses:

1. rolled or coiled together
2. highly complex or intricate

  Familiarity information: CONVOLUTED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONVOLUTED (adjective)

Sense 1convoluted [BACK TO TOP]


Rolled or coiled together

Context example:

a convoluted shell


coiled (curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals))

Sense 2convoluted [BACK TO TOP]


Highly complex or intricate


tortuous; convoluted; tangled; Byzantine; knotty; involved

Context examples:

the Byzantine tax structure / convoluted legal language / convoluted reasoning / the plot was too involved / a knotty problem / got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering / Oh, what a tangled web we weave / tortuous legal procedures / tortuous negotiations lasting for months


complex (complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts)

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