Definition of circuitous
1 : having a circular or winding course a circuitous route a circuitous journey by snowmobile
2 : not being forthright or direct in language or action a circuitous explanation His circuitous form of logic was mind-boggling.
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Examples of circuitous in a Sentence
Their logic seems a bit circuitous.
we took a circuitous route to the airport so as to avoid the massive traffic jam on the highway
Recent Examples of circuitous from the Web
El Akkad arrived at his story by a circuitous route that gives him a bracing perspective on America.
This circuitous path, in which a technology developed to answer one burning scientific question ends up getting used in an entirely different field, is nothing new.
Bringing the tooth and the rest of the animal into focus took a circuitous route, though.
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Did You Know?
If you guessed that "circuitous" is related to "circuit," you're right - both words come from Latin circuitus, the past participle of the verb circumire, meaning "to go around." "Circumire" is derived in turn from Latin circum, meaning "around," plus "ire," which means "to go." Other "circum" descendants making the rounds in English include "circumference" ("the perimeter of a circle"), "circumvent" (one meaning of which is "to make a circuit around"), "circumlocution" (the act of "talking around" a subject), and "circumnavigate" ("to go around"). There's also the prefix circum-, which means "around" or "about," and the familiar word circumstance, which describes a condition or event that "stands around" another.
CIRCUITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circuitous for English Language Learners
: not straight, short, and direct
: not said or done simply or clearly
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