What does indirect mean?

Definitions for indirectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

  6. Origin: [Pref. in- not + direct: cf. F. indirect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indirect

    in-di-rekt′, adj. not direct or straight: not lineal or in direct succession: not related in the natural way, oblique: not straightforward or honest.—adv. Indirect′ly.—ns. Indirect′ness, Indirec′tion (Shak.), indirect course or means, dishonest practice.—Indirect evidence, or testimony, circumstantial or inferential evidence; Indirect object (gram.), a substantive word dependent on a verb less immediately than an accusative governed by it; Indirect syllogism (logic), a syllogism which can be made more cogent and useful by the process called reduction.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indirect in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indirect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Appreciation is nothing else but only an indirect application for more/multiplication.

  2. Madeha Abdullah:

    They wage different wars, there is direct war through confiscation and censorship. There is an indirect siege on the paper's resources.

  3. Idit Lev-Zerahia:

    We have tried to receive the data from authorities. We tried in various ways, direct and indirect, but we didn't get it, we are now renewing our efforts.

  4. Abdulqader Hwaili:

    The talks in Geneva will be indirect because the two sides do not recognize each other, if there will be chance to hold direct talks, that will depend on the first round.

  5. Louis Pasteur:

    The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric.

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