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circuitous adj
1 marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend" [syn: roundabout]
2 deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic" [syn: devious, roundabout]

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First attested in 1664. From circuitosus#Latin < circuitus#Latin < circumeo#Latin "I go around" < circum#Latin "around + eo#Latin "I go"


  • italbrac RP /sɜːˈkjuːɪtəs/
  • italbrac US /sɚˈkjuːətəs/ or /sɚˈkjuːɪtəs/


  1. Not direct or to the point.
  2. Of a long and winding route.



not direct or to the point
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