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TORTUOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tortuous mean? 

TORTUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective TORTUOUS has 3 senses:

1. highly complex or intricate
2. marked by repeated turns and bends
3. not straightforward

  Familiarity information: TORTUOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TORTUOUS (adjective)


Sense 1tortuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Highly complex or intricate

Synonyms:

tortuous; convoluted; tangled; knotty; Byzantine; involved

Context examples:

the Byzantine tax structure / convoluted legal language / convoluted reasoning / the plot was too involved / a knotty problem / got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering / Oh, what a tangled web we weave / tortuous legal procedures / tortuous negotiations lasting for months

Similar:

complex (complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts)


Sense 2tortuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by repeated turns and bends

Synonyms:

twisty; winding; twisting; voluminous; tortuous

Context examples:

a tortuous road up the mountain / winding roads are full of surprises / had to steer the car down a twisty track

Similar:

crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)


Sense 3tortuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not straightforward

Context example:

his tortuous reasoning

Similar:

indirect (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action)


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