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indirection

[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-/
noun
1.
indirect action or procedure.
2.
a roundabout course or method.
3.
a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness:
His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
4.
deceitful or dishonest dealing.
Origin of indirection
1585-1595
1585-95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction
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  • She responded, however, with something of her mother's indirection.

    The Frontiersmen Charles Egbert Craddock
  • I could be robbed by indirection, but this was too open and barefaced to be endured.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Colonel Dexter Baldwin had his faults, like other men, but they were not those of indirection.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • He was ever for evasion, indirection; she for frank, open dealing in all things.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It is doing under cover and by indirection, but certainly, what he proposes shall be done by direct proclamation of the President.

  • He had never admitted, save by indirection, that he had been to the Cayces'.

  • Subtlety and indirection, fine shadings, carefully wrought lines, had little place in his methods.

  • She too had taken what she wanted from life, but she had won it by indirection.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • She was very shy about telling of her early acquaintance with Whittier, and whatever I could learn was by indirection.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • Of course it was done honestly; nobody suspects the Mayor of Boston of double-dealing, of intrigue, or of any indirection!

British Dictionary definitions for indirection

indirection

/ˌɪndɪˈrɛkʃən/
noun
1.
indirect procedure, courses, or methods
2.
lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
3.
indirect dealing; deceit
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Word Origin and History for indirection
n.

c.1600, from indirect + -ion.

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