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circular

[sur-kyuh-ler] /ˈsɜr kyə lər/
adjective
1.
having the form of a circle; round:
a circular tower.
2.
of or pertaining to a circle:
a circular plane.
3.
moving in or forming a circle or a circuit:
the circular rotation of the earth.
4.
moving or occurring in a cycle or round:
the circular succession of the seasons.
5.
roundabout; indirect; circuitous:
a circular route.
6.
Logic. of or pertaining to reasoning in which the conclusion is ostensibly proved, but in actuality it or its equivalent has been assumed as a premise.
7.
pertaining to a circle or set of persons.
8.
(of a letter, memorandum, etc.) addressed to a number of persons or intended for general circulation.
noun
9.
a letter, advertisement, notice, or statement for circulation among the general public.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin circulāris, equivalent to circul(us) circle + -āris -ar1
Related forms
circularity, circularness, noun
circularly, adverb
noncircular, adjective
noncircularly, adverb
subcircular, adjective
subcircularly, adverb
subcircularity, noun
uncircular, adjective
uncircularly, adverb
Synonyms
9. handbill, flier, leaflet.
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British Dictionary definitions for circulars

circular

/ˈsɜːkjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of, involving, resembling, or shaped like a circle
2.
circuitous
3.
(of arguments) futile because the truth of the premises cannot be established independently of the conclusion
4.
travelling or occurring in a cycle
5.
(of letters, announcements, etc) intended for general distribution
noun
6.
a printed or duplicated advertisement or notice for mass distribution
Derived Forms
circularity (ˌsɜːkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), circularness, noun
circularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for circulars

circular

adj.

late 14c., from Anglo-French circuler, Old French circuler "circular" (14c., Modern French circulaire), from Latin circularis, from circulus (see circle (n.)). The metaphoric circular firing squad is attested by 1990.

n.

1550s, "circular figure," from circular (adj.). Meaning "a notice circulated" is from 1818.

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