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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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advumständlich; the road winds circuitouslydie Straße schlängelt sich
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[sɜːˈkjʊɪtəslɪ] advfacendo un lungo giro (fig) → indirettamente
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I encountered a couple of hungry-looking dogs, but both hurried circuitously away from the advances I made them.
This much, Jerry, with his head becoming more and more spiky as the law terms bristled it, made out with huge satisfaction, and so arrived circuitously at the understanding that the aforesaid, and over and over again aforesaid, Charles Darnay, stood there before him upon his trial; that the jury were swearing in; and that Mr.
The horses soon reached a point where they seemed to know by instinct that the journey was nearly ended, and, bearing on the bits as they tossed their heads, they rapidly drew the sleigh over the level land which lay on the top of the mountain, and soon came to the point where the road descended suddenly, but circuitously, into the valley.
I went circuitously to Miss Havisham's by all the back ways, and rang at the bell constrainedly, on account of the stiff long fingers of my gloves.
Mr Pickering turned to the left and began to advance circuitously, with the result that, before he knew what he was doing, he came out into a clearing and understood the meaning of the sudden silence which had perplexed him.
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Although they looked absolutely fabulous, their addition of men's jewelry, layered vests and sweaters and inside-joke t-shirts made me abandon my initial suspicion that this whole thing was somehow spawned circuitously from the Dill/Rieder/Allen cosmos.
In other words, the Police statutorily should assist the people to be law-abiding instead of circuitously, looking forward to see them break laws and become preys.
Circuitously (and fortuitously?), they now appear to be in very good hands.
Told us everything we needed to know about the new standard (except, curiously, why the change was necessary in the first place, but I digress), most notably an increased focus on ethical actions and behavior, leading, somehow, circuitously and inexplicably to better performance, products, and services to the aerospace sector.
Dr Sarwar advised the students to adhere to the fundamentals of research when conducting their studies, while urging them to base their work on original documents and first-hand sources wherever possible, instead of relying on news stories and circuitously reported pieces.