What is the opposite of straightforward?

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(of a person) Opposite of honest and frank in nature
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“However, privileged access to positive externalities is merely a roundabout way of saying that opportunities are unequal.”
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Opposite of clear in meaning without uncertainty or ambiguity
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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 rather rude, curt or abrupt in 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 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 having, or conforming to, high moral standards or principles
“We ask you not to allow the despicable act of one person to stain the reputation of an entire community of good, hard-working people.”
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Opposite of having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected
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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 continuing in the same direction or course
“The blueprint had crooked lines all over the place as if it had been drawn by an amateur.”
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(of a written work or form) Opposite of concise, condensed, or well structured
“He won't be receptive to feedback if you are too verbose.”
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Opposite of requiring little attention
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Opposite of accurate, true or factual in nature
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Opposite of in an direct, forthright or honest manner
“His verboseness testifies that he does communicate well, even though inaccurately and sometimes outright dishonestly.”
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