circumferential

[ser-kuhm-fuh-ren-shuh l]
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adjective
  1. of, at, or near the circumference; surrounding; lying along the outskirts.
  2. lying within the circumference.
  3. circuitous; indirect: a circumferential manner of speech.

Origin of circumferential

1600–10; < Latin circumferenti(a) circumference + -al1
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