Definitions for indirectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•di•rectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-(adj.)
deviating from a straight line, as a path.
not resulting directly or immediately, as effects or consequences.
not direct in action or procedure.
devious; not straightforward.
not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.:
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of indirect speech.
Category: Grammar, Common Vocabulary
not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.
Origin of indirect:
1350–1400; ME < ML
having intervening factors or persons or influences
"reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"
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"
descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
"cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
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"
not as a direct effect or consequence
"indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
indirect(adjective)ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-
not using the quickest method or way
an indirect route; They paid him the money by indirect means.
indirectˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-
implied or hidden, but not obvious
indirect criticism; indirect costs/taxes
Not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.
not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road
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
not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive
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
not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc
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.
- غَيْر مُباشِرArabic
- indiretoPortuguese (BR)
- nicht direktGerman
- που δεν οδηγεί κατευθείαν στον προορισμόGreek
- kaudne, kõrval-Estonian
- غیر مستقیمFarsi
- nem egyenes; közvetettHungarian
- óbeinn; krókaleiðIcelandic
- netiesus, aplinkinisLithuanian
- netiešs; aplinku-Latvian
- غیر مستقیمPersian
- غیر مستقیمPashto
- indirekt, om[väg]Swedish
- 迂回的Chinese (Trad.)
- بالواسطہ نہ کہ براہ راستUrdu
- quanh coVietnamese
- 迂回的Chinese (Simp.)
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