Meaning of roundaboutness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈraʊndəbaʊtnəs/


  • 1The quality of being roundabout or indirect; especially circuitousness or indirectness of speech or expression; circumlocution.

  • 2Economics
    A measure of the indirectness of the connection between a capital investment in production and the consequent delivery of a product to a consumer.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Southey (1774–1843), poet and reviewer. From roundabout + -ness.