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[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-/
indirect action or procedure.
a roundabout course or method.
a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness:
His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
deceitful or dishonest dealing.
Origin of indirection
1585-95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction Unabridged
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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


indirect procedure, courses, or methods
lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
indirect dealing; deceit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indirection

c.1600, from indirect + -ion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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