What does indirect mean?

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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Indirectadjective

    Etymology: indirect, Fr. indirectus, Latin.

    The tender prince
    Would fain have come with me to meet your grace;
    But by his mother was perforce with-held.
    —— Fy, what an indirect and peevish course
    Is this of her's? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Think you, that any means under the sun
    Can assecure so indirect a course? Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    Those things which they do know they may, upon sundry indirect considerations, let pass; and although themselves do not err, yet may they deceive others. Richard Hooker.

    O pity and shame! that they who to live well
    Enter'd so fair, should turn aside, to tread
    Paths indirect. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or other, and then he loses his reputation. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indirectadjective

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

  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

  3. Indirectadjective

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

  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

  5. Indirectadjective

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

  6. 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

Anagrams for indirect »

  1. indicter

  2. reindict

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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. Michael Stern:

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

  2. David Levine:

    Although virtual urgent care and in-person urgent care have not been compared head-to-head, virtual urgent care has its downsides – indirect physical exam, difficult access to testing, and unclear follow-up, while the quality of care is not perfect anywhere, a patient’s primary care doctor should be a person’s first point of contact.

  3. Sara Canaday:

    The problem is that we don’t see executives take time off. The indirect message [to employees] is that they shouldn’t take time off either.

  4. 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.

  5. Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Turkey and AK Party governments have never had any direct or indirect links with any terrorist group and have never showed tolerance to any terrorist group.

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