1. often ambages Ambiguity.
2. ambages Winding ways or indirect proceedings.
[Back-formation from Middle English ambages, equivocation, from Latin ambāges : amb-, ambi-, around; see AMBI- + agere, to drive; see ag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
am·bagious (ăm-bājəs) adj.
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