Indirect definition

ĭndĭ-rĕkt, -dī-
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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Diverging from a direct course; roundabout.
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(sports) Being an indirect free kick.
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Not directly planned for; secondary.

Indirect benefits.

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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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Not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.
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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 proceeding straight to the point or object.
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Not forthright and candid; devious.
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(logic) 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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Origin of indirect

  • From Middle French indirect, from Late Latin indirectus

    From Wiktionary