noun Date: 15th century 1. a. complexity, intricacy; especially a situation or a detail of character complicating the main thread of a plot b. a making difficult, involved, or intricate c. a complex or intricate feature or element d. a difficult factor or issue often appearing unexpectedly and changing existing plans, methods, or attitudes 2. a secondary disease or condition developing in the course of a primary disease or condition

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  • complication — COMPLICATION. s. fém. Assemblage, concours de choses de différente nature. Il ne se dit qu en parlant De crimes, de maladies, de malheurs. Cet homme a commis plusieurs vols et plusieurs homicides, il y a complication de crimes. Ce malade a la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Complication — Com pli*ca tion, n. [L. compliasion: cf. F. complication.] 1. The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity. [1913 Webster] A complication of diseases.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complication — early 15c., from M.Fr. complication, from L. complicationem (nom. complicatio), noun of action from pp. stem of complicare to fold together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + plicare to fold, weave (see PLY (Cf. ply) (v.)). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • complication — Complication. s. f. v. Meslange de maladies ou de crimes de differente nature. Complication de maladies, de crimes …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • complication — I noun aggravation, bafflement, barrier, complexity, complexness, complexus, complicated state, confusion, development, difficulty, dilemma, entanglement, hindrance, imbroglio, impediment, implicatio, incomprehensibility, inextricability,… …   Law dictionary

  • complication — [n] difficult situation aggravation, complexity, confusion, development, difficulty, dilemma, drawback, embarrassment, entanglement, factor, intricacy, obstacle, problem, snag, web; concepts 230,674 Ant. ease, peace, simplicity …   New thesaurus

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