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
The helicopter deal and the money’s circuitous path have drawn the attention of Geneva prosecutor Yves Bertossa.
And while traveling from an afternoon spent on the links, his driver had to choose a circuitous route between the course and Mar-a-Lago in order to do the same.
Bonifacio froze, taking a circuitous route back to the baseball and playing it awkwardly off the hop.
Before long, Seldon regained custody of the boys, reunited with them in Connecticut and redirected their long, circuitous path that eventually led to a grateful family gathering Tuesday at the Advocate Center.
After his circuitous journey to Division I basketball (detailed in a November 2016 SI article by Luke Winn), being forced to sit on the sidelines in what should have been his final tournament run burned deeply.
Among hard-boiled fraud investigators in Miami, the strange and circuitous case of Dr. Mendez-Villamil stands out as a monument to criminal innovation, brazen defiance, and greed.
In Wright houses, you're always lured inside through circuitous routes of entry that twist and turn with surprise views along the way.
Of the two, Riley took a more circuitous route to being drafted.
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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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