What is the opposite of straightforward?

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(of a person) Opposite of honest and frank in nature
“However, privileged access to positive externalities is merely a roundabout way of saying that opportunities are unequal.”
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Opposite of not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation
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“For the record, I say to the House this law is ambiguous in terms of its interpretation.”
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Opposite of uncomplicated and easy to do or understand
“He says the key is keeping tension on the string and progressing from basic tricks to more complicated maneuvers.”
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Opposite of requiring or involving very little or no effort
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“It was a difficult task because of the depth of the minefields.”
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(of a person or their behaviour) Opposite of uncontrived and genuine
“I could call her up and wish her well but it would be contrived and insincere.”
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(of cultural activities or products) Opposite of designed with the intention to suit the taste of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals
“Their activity sections are supposedly quite highbrow, but they still have lots of popular things to do.”
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Opposite of being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner
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Opposite of denotes a proceeding from one point to another in the quickest manner and without interruption
“This will be an interrupted train ride with several stops along its route.”
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Opposite of elementary, simple or merely functional
“His taste in music is both sophisticated and eclectic.”
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Opposite of frank, honest or blunt in manner
“Avery said it in an indirect way to let Aira know she knew Aira was completely smitten.”
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Opposite of stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt
“For six days the company has stonewalled customers and the press with vague explanations or, worse, no explanation at all.”
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Opposite of plain or blunt
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Opposite of offering or constituting the minimum required without elaboration or luxury
“His skills are technically advanced after years of practice.”
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Opposite of not disguised, plainly visible
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Opposite of commonplace; unromantic
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Opposite of willing to see things as they really are and deal with them sensibly
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Opposite of free from exaggeration or distortion
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(informal) Opposite of honest in a blunt manner
“Their well-wishes sound incredibly contrived and rehearsed.”
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(archaic) Opposite of free from irregularities or digressions in course
“The blueprint had crooked lines all over the place as if it had been drawn by an amateur.”
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Opposite of reliable or trustworthy
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Opposite of requiring little attention
Adverb
Opposite of in an honest and direct manner
“His verboseness testifies that he does communicate well, even though inaccurately and sometimes outright dishonestly.”
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