noun pl. ambages
- a winding pathway: usually used in pl.
- roundabout, indirect ways of talking or doing things
Origin: < ME ambages (taken as pl.), intentional ambiguity < MFr < L < amb-, around + agere, to go
- ambagious adjective
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- Ambiguity. Often used in the plural.
- ambages Winding ways or indirect proceedings.
Origin: Back-formation from Middle English ambages, equivocation, from Latin ambāges : amb-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- am·baˈgious adjective