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cir·cu·i·tous

 (sər-kyo͞o′ĭ-təs)
adj.
1. Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
2. Characterized by indirectness, evasiveness, or complexity, as in action or language: a circuitous method of inquiry; a circuitous argument.

[From Medieval Latin circuitōsus, from Latin circuitus, a going around; see circuit.]

cir·cu′i·tous·ly adv.
cir·cu′i·ty, cir·cu′i·tous·ness n.

circuitous

(səˈkjuːɪtəs)
adj
indirect and lengthy; roundabout: a circuitous route.
cirˈcuitously adv
cirˈcuitousness n

cir•cu•i•tous

(sərˈkyu ɪ təs)

adj.
roundabout; not direct.
[1655–65; < Medieval Latin]
cir•cu′i•tous•ly, adv.
cir•cu′i•tous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.circuitous - 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"
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
2.circuitous - 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"
indirect - not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"

circuitous

adjective
1. indirect, winding, rambling, roundabout, meandering, tortuous, labyrinthine They were taken on a circuitous route home.
indirect direct, straight, unswerving, undeviating, as the crow flies
2. oblique, indirect He has a pedantic and circuitous writing style.

circuitous

adjective
Not taking a direct or straight line or course:
Translations
دَوْرَه، طَريق غَيْر مُباشِر
nepřímývedoucí oklikou
kroget
krókóttur
obchádzkový
dönemeçlikıvrımlı

circuitous

[sɜːˈkjʊɪtəs] ADJ [route] → tortuoso, sinuoso; [method] → tortuoso, solapado

circuitous

[sərˈkjuːɪtəs] adj [route] → indirect(e), qui fait un détour
a circuitous route → une route qui fait un détour

circuitous

adjumständlich; circuitous pathSchlängelpfad m

circuitous

[sɜːˈkjʊɪtəs] adj to go by a circuitous routeprendere la strada più lunga

circuit

(ˈsəːkit) noun
1. a journey or course round something. the earth's circuit round the sun; three circuits of the race-track.
2. a race-track, running-track etc.
3. the path of an electric current and the parts through which it passes.
4. a journey or tour made regularly and repeatedly eg by salesmen, sportsmen etc.
circuitous (səːˈkjuitəs) adjective
round-about; not direct. a circuitous route.
References in classic literature ?
The bottom now rose sensibly, and we soon arrived at long circuitous slopes, or inclined planes, which took us higher by degrees; but we were obliged to walk carefully among these conglomerates, bound by no cement, the feet slipping on the glassy crystal, felspar, and quartz.
Thus, to take a long and circuitous route, after enticing the enemy out of the way, and though starting after him, to contrive to reach the goal before him, shows knowledge of the artifice of DEVIATION.
One day in returning from this spring by a circuitous path, I came upon a scene which reminded me of Stonehenge and the architectural labours of the Druids.
This is a prodigious security against a direct contraband with foreign countries; but a circuitous contraband to one State, through the medium of another, would be both easy and safe.
Payette, a leader of the Hudson's Bay Company, who was about to depart with a number of men, by a more circuitous, but safe route, to carry supplies to the company's agent, resident among the Upper Nez Perces.
Yet he who objected to call the extinct genera, which thus linked the living genera of three families together, intermediate in character, would be justified, as they are intermediate, not directly, but only by a long and circuitous course through many widely different forms.
The man had only a two-wheel chaise, and this was the vehicle which Boxtel had hired since last evening, and in which he was now driving along the road to Delft; for the road from Loewestein to Haarlem, owing to the many canals, rivers, and rivulets intersecting the country, is exceedingly circuitous.
We were saying, if I am not mistaken, that he who wanted to see them in their perfect beauty must take a longer and more circuitous way, at the end of which they would appear; but that we could add on a popular exposition of them on a level with the discussion which had preceded.
While Richard and Monsieur Le Quoi, attended by Benjamin, proceeded to the academy by a foot-path through the snow, the judge, his daughter, the divine, and the Major took a more circuitous route to the same place by the streets of the village.
By taking a circuitous route, and, as it appeared to her, very unreasonable direction to the knoll, they were soon beyond her eye; and for some minutes longer she remained without sight or sound of any companion.
Hunt had crossed the Rocky Mountains was very bad and circuitous, and that he knew one much shorter and easier.
Their walk having been circuitous they were still not far from the house, and in obeying his direction she only had to reach the large stone bridge across the main river, and follow the road for a few yards.