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Definitions for indirect
ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-in·di·rect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indirectadjective

    having intervening factors or persons or influences

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

  2. indirectadjective

    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, indirectadjective

    descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

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

  4. indirectadjective

    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. indirectadjective

    not as a direct effect or consequence

    "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"

Wiktionary

  1. indirectadjective

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indirectadjective

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

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

  2. Indirectadjective

    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

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

  3. Indirectadjective

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

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

  4. Indirectadjective

    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

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

  5. Indirectadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.

Entomology

  1. Indirect

    applied to metamorphosis = complete.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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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

Examples of indirect in a Sentence

  1. Fawaz Gerges:

    We were hoping that a diplomatic solution could be found to the Syrian crisis in the next few months. Forget about it, we were hoping for a diplomatic solution in Yemen. Forget about it. ... Here, you have the two most powerful Islamic states in the heart of the Middle East now basically waging a direct confrontation, as opposed to an indirect war by proxy, so ... we should be really alarmed at the escalation of the confrontation.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    We are still slaves, facing colonialists and their pawns, direct or indirect, in the package of so-called democracies.

  3. Lindred Greer:

    Similar to any form of aggressive behavior, direct or indirect, it is contagious and can sink performance.

  4. Michael Stern:

    The aggressive position he (Trump) took in the impeachment trial could have an indirect impact in the courts.

  5. Caio Carvalho:

    This is plainly a policy directed at Petrobras, that will have an indirect positive impact on the sugar sector.

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