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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·ty, cir·cu′i·tous·ness n.
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n, pl -ties
(of speech, reasoning, etc) a roundabout or devious quality
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cir•cu•i•ty(sərˈkyu ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
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