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complex +‎ -ification



complexification (usually uncountable, plural complexifications)

  1. (uncountable) The act or process of making something more complex.
  2. (countable, mathematics) An extension from a basis on real numbers to a basis on complex numbers.


  • 1918, Hartley Burr Alexander, Liberty and democracy: and other essays in war-time, page 161:
    All this represents a change in American society, and a complexification of it.
  • 1955, Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man, page 48:
    This fundamental discovery that all bodies owe their origin to arrangements of single initial corpuscular type is the beacon that lights the history of the universe to our eyes. In its own way, matter obeyed from the beginning that great law of biology to which we shall have to recur time and time again, the law of 'complexification'.
  • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 154:
    In Elise Boulding's analysis, the conservative qualities of woman's mysteries chose not to keep pace with the complexification of urban life.
  • 1998, Nicholas Rescher, Complexity: A Philosophical Overview, page 56:
    For rational beings will of course try simple things first and thereafter be driven step by step towards an ever enhanced complexification
  • 2002, Charles J. Kibert, Jan Sendzimir, and G. Bradley Guy (editors), Timothy F.H. Allen, Construction Ecology, Nature as the basis for green buildings, page 114, Taylor & Francis, →ISBN, page 114
    A new complexification occurs when the situation becomes desperate through crashing marginal returns on increasing complicatedness.
  • 2006 April, Andrew D. M. Smith, “Semantic reconstructibility and the complexification of language”, in The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference (EVOLANG6), World Scientific, →ISBN, page 307:
    The development of protolanguage into modern human language, and the complexification of language more generally, can only occur when language users can successfully communicate even while they maintain different internal representations of language.


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From complexifier +‎ -ation.


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complexification f (plural complexifications)

  1. complexification

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