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indirect

[ in-duh-rekt, -dahy- ]
/ ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ- /
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adjective

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Origin of indirect

First recorded in 1350–1400; a Middle English word from the Medieval Latin word indīrēctus; see in-3, direct

OTHER WORDS FROM indirect

in·di·rect·ly, adverbin·di·rect·ness, nounsem·i-in·di·rect, adjectivesem·i-in·di·rect·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for indirect

indirect
/ (ˌɪndɪˈrɛkt) /

adjective

deviating from a direct course or line; roundabout; circuitous
not coming as a direct effect or consequence; secondaryindirect benefits
not straightforward, open, or fair; devious or evasivean indirect insult
(of a title or an inheritance) not inherited in an unbroken line of succession from father to son

Derived forms of indirect

indirectly, adverbindirectness, noun
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