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circuitous Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite 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
  2. adjective satellite deviating from a straight course
    devious; roundabout.
    • a scenic but devious route
    • a long and circuitous journey by train and boat
    • a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic

Cir*cu"i*tous adjective
LL. circuitosus.
  1. Going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect; as, a circuitous road; a circuitous manner of accompalishing an end. -- Cir*cu"i*tous*ly, adv. -- Cir*cu"i*tous*ness, n. Syn. -- Tortuous; winding; sinuous; serpentine.

Webster 1913