circuitous

[ser-kyoo-i-tuhs]
adjective
roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument.

Origin:
1655–65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous

circuitously, adverb
circuitousness, noun
noncircuitous, adjective
noncircuitously, adverb
noncircuitousness, noun
uncircuitous, adjective
uncircuitously, adverb
uncircuitousness, noun


circular, winding, indirect, meandering.


straight, direct.
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circuitous (səˈkjuːɪtəs)
 
adj
indirect and lengthy; roundabout: a circuitous route
 
cir'cuitously
 
adv
 
cir'cuitousness
 
n

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circuitous
1664, from L.L. circuitous "full of roundabout ways," from circuit (see circuit).
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Example sentences
Additionally, social systems are complex enough that they may take a tortuous and circuitous route back toward equilibrium.
Their words were obtuse and the presentations circuitous.
However, circuitous routes were used where intrastate authority was lacking.
In these cases circuitous routes were used for the sole purpose of evading regulations.
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