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equation

noun [C usually singular] (COMPLEX SITUATION)    /ɪˈkweɪ.ʒən/
a difficult problem that can only be understood if all the different influences are considered : Managing the economy is a complex equation of controlling inflation and reducing unemployment .Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impedingComplexityDifficult to understand
(Definition of equation noun (COMPLEX SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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