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Meaning of tortuous

tor•tu•ous

Pronunciation: (tôr'ch-us), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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