anfractuous

[an-frak-choo-uhs]
adjective
characterized by windings and turnings; sinuous; circuitous: an anfractuous path.

Origin:
1615–25; back formation from anfractuosity

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anfractuous (ænˈfræktʃʊəs)
 
adj
characterized by twists and turns; convoluted
 
[C17: from Late Latin anfractuōsus, from Latin anfractus a digression, literally: a bending]

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anfractuous
1620s, from L. anfractuous, from anfractus "a winding," from am(bi)- "around" + fractus, pp. of frangere "to break" (see fraction).
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We think that this is anfractuous reasoning, yielding an undesirable, overly cramped construction of the statute.
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