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Synonyms of 'knotty'

(adjective) 
Definition
extremely difficult or puzzling
The new management team faces some knotty problems.
Synonyms
puzzling
His letter poses a number of puzzling questions.
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hard
That's a very hard question.
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difficult
It was a very difficult decision to make.
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complex
in-depth coverage of today's complex issues
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complicated
The political situation in this region is very complicated.
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tricky
This could be a very tricky problem.
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baffling
I was constantly ill, with a baffling array of symptoms.
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intricate
intricate patterns and motifs
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troublesome
The economy has become a troublesome problem for the party.
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perplexing
The procedure is perplexing at the best of times.
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mystifying
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thorny
the thorny issue of immigration policy
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problematical
(adjective) 
Definition
full of knots
the knotty trunk of a hawthorn tree
Synonyms
knotted
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rough
She made her way across the rough ground.
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rugged
a rugged mountainous terrain
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bumpy
bumpy cobbled streets
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gnarled
a garden full of ancient gnarled trees
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knobby
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nodular

Additional synonyms

in the sense of baffling
I was constantly ill, with a baffling array of symptoms.
in the sense of bumpy
bumpy cobbled streets
Synonyms
potholed,
knobby
in the sense of complex
Definition
intricate or complicated
in-depth coverage of today's complex issues
Synonyms
mingled,
convoluted,
Daedalian (literary)

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