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

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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

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

  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

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

  3. Indirect(adj)

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

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

  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

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

  5. Indirect(adj)

    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. Ali Alfoneh:

    I'm not expecting further direct attacks from Iran. We are likely to see more indirect responses through proxies.

  2. Al Allaq:

    We were observing the movements of al-Baghdadi in indirect ways through his family, by doing that, it gives us some sort of secrecy and we gave al-Baghdadi an impression that we were not monitoring his movements.

  3. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso:

    There are Japanese companies that supply parts to Huawei, and supply chains are intertwined in complex ways, through such supply chains, there could be direct and indirect effects on Japan.

  4. Joseph Dunford:

    We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit, frankly, 'indirect' may be not a full characterization of the way it really is, it is more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Whenever an injustice is done, any non-action and neutrality is not appropriate - it's an indirect bullying, I.e. joining the hands of your aggressors, and being an accomplice. Such passive bullies are far worst than those active ones who take an enjoyment in kicking you when you're down. Whether neutral or active, bullies are mean deceitful heartless cowards, who always work in groups to pick on nice and innocent people like you. If you confront these bullies individually, they will shiver and shrink. Be brave, and don't ever give in to bullying.

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