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indirect

[in-duh-rekt, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-/
adjective
1.
not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout:
an indirect course in sailing.
2.
coming or resulting otherwise than directly or immediately, as effects or consequences:
an indirect advantage.
3.
not direct in action or procedure:
His methods are indirect but not dishonest.
4.
not straightforward; devious; deceitful:
He is known as a shady, indirect fellow.
5.
not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.:
indirect evidence.
6.
of, relating to, or characteristic of indirect discourse:
an indirect quote.
7.
not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.
Origin of indirect
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word indīrēctus. See in-3, direct
Related forms
indirectly, adverb
indirectness, noun
semi-indirect, adjective
semi-indirectly, adverb
semi-indirectness, noun
Synonyms
2. incidental, unintentional, secondary.
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Examples from the Web for indirectly
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  • Either we ourselves have failed; or the failure of others affects us indirectly.

  • Heneage, who threatened me, and indirectly her, has chucked the whole business.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Not directly, but indirectly, as the very last refinement of initiation.

  • Since we are concerned only indirectly with the affair, it may be stated very briefly.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • But it occurred to me that perhaps I could, in a measure, indirectly.

British Dictionary definitions for indirectly

indirect

/ˌɪndɪˈrɛkt/
adjective
1.
deviating from a direct course or line; roundabout; circuitous
2.
not coming as a direct effect or consequence; secondary: indirect benefits
3.
not straightforward, open, or fair; devious or evasive: an indirect insult
4.
(of a title or an inheritance) not inherited in an unbroken line of succession from father to son
Derived Forms
indirectly, adverb
indirectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indirectly
adv.

mid-15c., from indirect + -ly (2).

indirect

adj.

late 14c., from Middle French indirect (14c.) or directly from Late Latin indirectus, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + directus (see direct). Related: Indirectness.

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