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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.
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nUmständlichkeit f; (of route)Gewundenheit f
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