cir·​cu·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)sər-ˈkyü-ə-tē How to pronounce circuity (audio) \
plural circuities

Definition of circuity

: lack of straightforwardness : indirection

Examples of circuity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through these tests, the team demonstrated that MDMA’s effects on sociability were dependent on serotonin in the nucleus accumbens, a key part of the brain’s reward circuity. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "MDMA Could Be Tailored to Make It More Suitable for Treating Mental Illness," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of circuity

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of circuity was circa 1626

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25 Dec 2019

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“Circuity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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