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circuitous

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adjective cir·cu·i·tous \(ˌ)sər-ˈkyü-ə-təs\

Simple Definition of circuitous

  • : not straight, short, and direct

  • : not said or done simply or clearly

Full Definition of circuitous

  1. 1 :  having a circular or winding course <a circuitous route>

  2. 2 :  not being forthright or direct in language or action <a circuitous explanation>

cir·cu·i·tous·ly adverb
cir·cu·i·tous·ness noun

Examples of circuitous

  1. Their logic seems a bit circuitous.

  2. <we took a circuitous route to the airport so as to avoid the massive traffic jam on the highway>



Origin of circuitous

perhaps from Medieval Latin circuitosus, from Latin circuitus


First Known Use: 1664

Rhymes with circuitous



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