- An example of indirect is a flight that goes from Los Angeles to Denver in order to get to Seattle; an indirect flight.
- An example of indirect is a teenager who says they're staying over at a friend's house when they're really going to a party at a friend's house; an indirect answer.
The definition of indirect is a person or thing that is not straight, or not direct and honest.
not direct; specif.,
- not straight; deviating; roundabout
- not straight to the point, or to the person or thing aimed at: an indirect reply
- not straightforward; not fair and open; dishonest: indirect dealing
- not immediate; secondary: an indirect result
Origin of indirectMiddle English from Medieval Latin indirectus
- Diverging from a direct course; roundabout.
- a. Not proceeding straight to the point or object.b. Not forthright and candid; devious.
- Not directly planned for; secondary: indirect benefits.
- Reporting the exact or approximate words of another with such changes as are necessary to bring the original statement into grammatical conformity with the sentence in which it is included: indirect discourse.
- Logic Involving, relating to, or being the proof of a statement by the demonstration of the impossibility or absurdity of the statement's negation.
- Sports Being an indirect free kick.
(comparative more indirect, superlative most indirect)
From Middle French indirect, from Late Latin indirectus