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[ser-kyoo-i-tuh s] /sərˈkyu ɪ təs/
roundabout; not direct:
a circuitous route; a circuitous argument.
Origin of circuitous
1655-65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
circuitously, adverb
circuitousness, noun
noncircuitous, adjective
noncircuitously, adverb
noncircuitousness, noun
uncircuitous, adjective
uncircuitously, adverb
uncircuitousness, noun
circular, winding, indirect, meandering.
straight, direct. Unabridged
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  • We were, therefore, forced to take the circuitous route by way of the two Carolinas and Georgia.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade D. Augustus Dickert
  • It seems a circuitous way; but it may prove a way nevertheless.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • We managed, however, by rapid marching over a circuitous route to reach the north side of Bull Run in safety.

  • Henry led the horse round by a circuitous way back to the path.

    Rollo in Switzerland Jacob Abbott
  • No man disliked more than he so circuitous a method of acting in the most important affair of life.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for circuitous


indirect and lengthy; roundabout: a circuitous route
Derived Forms
circuitously, adverb
circuitousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for circuitous

1660s, from Medieval Latin circuitous "full of roundabout ways," from Latin circuitus "a going round" (see circuit (n.)). Related: Circuitously; circuitousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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