Discussion that goes around and around the problem without ever talking about or addressing it directly is an example of something that would be described as circuitous.
Origin of circuitousMedieval Latin circuitosus ; from Classical Latin circuitus: see circuit
- Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
- Characterized by indirectness, evasiveness, or complexity, as in action or language: a circuitous method of inquiry; a circuitous argument.
Origin of circuitousFrom Medieval Latin circuit&omacron;sus, from Latin circuitus, a going around; see circuit.
- cir·cu′i·ty, cir·cu′i·tous·ness
(comparative more circuitous, superlative most circuitous)