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circuitous

[ser-kyoo-i-tuh s] /sərˈkyu ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
roundabout; not direct:
a circuitous route; a circuitous argument.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
circuitously, adverb
circuitousness, noun
noncircuitous, adjective
noncircuitously, adverb
noncircuitousness, noun
uncircuitous, adjective
uncircuitously, adverb
uncircuitousness, noun
Synonyms
circular, winding, indirect, meandering.
Antonyms
straight, direct.
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Examples for circuitous
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for circuitous

circuitous

/səˈkjuːɪtəs/
adjective
1.
indirect and lengthy; roundabout a circuitous route
Derived Forms
circuitously, adverb
circuitousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for circuitous
adj.

1660s, from Medieval Latin circuitous "full of roundabout ways," from Latin circuitus "a going round" (see circuit (n.)). Related: Circuitously; circuitousness.

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