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circuitous

[ ser-kyoo-i-tuhs ]
/ sərˈkyu ɪ təs /
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adjective

roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument.

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RELATED WORDS

tortuous, devious, rambling, meandering, labyrinthine, circular, collateral, complicated, oblique, roundabout, ambagious

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Origin of circuitous

1655–65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous
SYNONYMS FOR circuitous
circular, winding, indirect, meandering.
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British Dictionary definitions for circuitous

circuitous

/ (səˈkjuːɪtəs) /

adjective

indirect and lengthy; roundabouta circuitous route
Derived Formscircuitously, adverbcircuitousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for circuitous

circuitous


adj.

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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