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tortuous

[tawr-choo-uh s] /ˈtɔr tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked:
a tortuous path.
2.
not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous:
tortuous negotiations lasting for months.
3.
deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin tortuōsus, equivalent to tortu(s) a twisting (tor(quēre) to twist, bend + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
tortuously, adverb
tortuousness, noun
nontortuous, adjective
nontortuously, adverb
untortuous, adjective
untortuously, adverb
untortuousness, noun
Can be confused
tortuous, torturous (see usage note at torturous)
Synonyms
1. bent, sinuous, serpentine. 2. evasive, roundabout, indirect.
Usage note
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British Dictionary definitions for tortuousness

tortuous

/ˈtɔːtjʊəs/
adjective
1.
twisted or winding: a tortuous road
2.
devious or cunning: a tortuous mind
3.
intricate
Derived Forms
tortuously, adverb
tortuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tortuousness

tortuous

adj.

late 14c., from Anglo-French tortuous (12c.), from Latin tortuosus "full of twists, winding," from tortus "a twisting, winding," from stem of torquere "to twist, wring, distort" (see thwart).

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tortuousness in Medicine

tortuous tor·tu·ous (tôr'chōō-əs)
adj.
Having many turns; winding or twisting.

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