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tortuous (adj.)

late 14c., "full of twists and turns," from Anglo-French tortuous (12c.), Old French tortuos, from Latin tortuosus "full of twists, winding," from tortus "a twisting, winding," from stem of torquere "to twist, wring, distort" (from PIE root *terkw- "to twist"). Related: Tortuously; tortuousness.

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Definitions of tortuous from WordNet

tortuous (adj.)
highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott;
tortuous negotiations lasting for months
tortuous legal procedures
Synonyms: Byzantine / convoluted / involved / knotty / tangled
tortuous (adj.)
marked by repeated turns and bends;
a tortuous road up the mountain
Synonyms: twisting / twisty / winding / voluminous
tortuous (adj.)
not straightforward;
his tortuous reasoning
From wordnet.princeton.edu