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[kuh n-tawr-tiv]
  1. characterized by, tending toward, or causing contortions or twisting: contortive movements; contortive pain; contortive alleyways.
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Origin of contortive

First recorded in 1855–60; contort + -ive
Related formscon·tor·tive·ly, adverbun·con·tor·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Then, with a contortive shudder, he rolled over and over the steps, and lay face downward upon the ground-dead.

    The Pomp of the Lavilettes, Complete

    Gilbert Parker