AskDefine | Define convoluted

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convoluted adj
1 rolled or coiled together; "a convoluted shell"
2 highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months" [syn: Byzantine, intricate, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous]

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  1. Having numerous overlapping coils or folds.
  2. Unnecessarily complex or complicated.
    He gave a convoluted explanation that amounted to little more than a weak excuse for his absence.

Extensive Definition

Convolute means to roll up or to make something unnecessarily complex. It may also refer to:
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