Indirect meaning

ĭn'dĭ-rĕkt', -dī-
Diverging from a direct course; roundabout.
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The definition of indirect is a person or thing that is not straight, or not direct and honest.

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.

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Not directly planned for; secondary.

Indirect benefits.

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

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Involving, relating to, or being the proof of a statement by the demonstration of the impossibility or absurdity of the statement's negation.
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Being an indirect free kick.
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Origin of indirect

  • From Middle French indirect, from Late Latin indirectus
    From Wiktionary