circumlocution

(redirected from circumlocutory)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

circumlocution

[-lōko̅o̅′shən]
the subconscious or learned use of pantomime, nonverbal communication, or word substitution by a patient because a word is difficult to retrieve or has been forgotten. See also anomia.

cir·cum·lo·cu·tion

(sĭr'kŭm-lō-kyū'shŭn)
Indirect, roundabout, wordy, or evasive speech, noted in Alzheimer disease and other dementias.
References in periodicals archive ?
And in some circumlocutory fashion he returns to the subject of the entrepreneur and the need to cultivate this delicate species.
In the aftermath of new histo ricism, this is hardly innovative; one feature worth mentioning about this book, however, is the circumlocutory manner in which Walker marshalls his proof.
First, the circumlocutory talk of his characters, the repetitious nature of their stories, and the discrepancies in their renditions reminded me, newly transplanted from India, of the numerous aunts and uncles I'd left behind, their continual gossip about one another and their incessant interference in each other's lives.
At a time when polite magazines were overflowing with Latinate, polysyllabic, circumlocutory mush, Muir wrote a lean, direct prose, bristling with the energy of hard, Anglo-Saxon words and occasional striking neologisms.
This aphasia is manifested by the frequent use of circumlocutory phrases [roundabout expressions] as substitutes for the "lost' words.