Definitions for indirectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•di•rectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-(adj.)

  1. deviating from a straight line, as a path.

  2. not resulting directly or immediately, as effects or consequences.

  3. not direct in action or procedure.

  4. devious; not straightforward.

  5. not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.:

    indirect evidence.

  6. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of indirect speech.

    Category: Grammar, Common Vocabulary

  7. not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.

Origin of indirect:

1350–1400; ME < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. indirect(adj)

    having intervening factors or persons or influences

    "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"

  2. indirect(adj)

    not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

    "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"

  3. collateral, indirect(adj)

    descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

    "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

  4. indirect(adj)

    extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

    "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"

  5. indirect(adj)

    not as a direct effect or consequence

    "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. indirect(adjective)ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-

    not using the quickest method or way

    an indirect route; They paid him the money by indirect means.

  2. indirectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-

    implied or hidden, but not obvious

    indirect criticism; indirect costs/taxes


  1. indirect(Adjective)

    Not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indirect(adj)

    not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road

  2. Indirect(adj)

    not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect accusation, attack, answer, or proposal

  3. Indirect(adj)

    not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive

  4. Indirect(adj)

    not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as, indirect results, damages, or claims

  5. Indirect(adj)

    not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'indirect' in Adjectives Frequency: #738

Translations for indirect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not leading straight to the destination; not direct

We arrived late because we took rather an indirect route.

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