- roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument.
Origin of circuitous
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circular, winding, indirect, meandering.
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Examples from the Web for circuitously
I often wish the Devil had the lion's share of them,—at once, and not circuitously as now.
But no matter in what direction they started, circuitously they always found their way into the field of main preoccupation.The Soul of a Child
Boyle did not apply directly to Bentley, but circuitously, by his bookseller, with whom the doctor was not on terms.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors
Shortly after, a beautiful Musk-rat was observed to leave the cabin of the chief, and to approach them circuitously.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
The path, growing narrower, wound on circuitously through the woods, between slender serried trunks twined with ivy.The Reef
- indirect and lengthy; roundabouta circuitous route
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Word Origin and History for circuitously
1660s, from Medieval Latin circuitous "full of roundabout ways," from Latin circuitus "a going round" (see circuit (n.)). Related: Circuitously; circuitousness.
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