The definition of tortuous refers to something very complex and difficult to follow, or something full of twists and turns.adjective
An example of tortuous is an argument that is complex and challenging to follow.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked
- not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky
Origin: ME < Anglo-Fr < L tortuosus < tortus: see tort
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- Having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting: a tortuous road through the mountains.
- Not straightforward; circuitous; devious: a tortuous plot; tortuous reasoning.
- Highly involved; complex: tortuous legal procedures.
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin tortuōsus, from tortus, a twisting, from past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
- torˈtu·ous·ly adverb
- torˈtu·ous·ness noun
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