not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in sailing.
coming or resulting otherwise than directly or immediately, as effects or consequences: an indirect advantage.
not direct in action or procedure: His methods are indirect but not dishonest.
not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.: indirect evidence.
Grammar. of, relating to, or characteristic of indirect discourse: an indirect quote.
not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.
- in·di·rect·ly, adverb
- in·di·rect·ness, noun
- sem·i-in·di·rect, adjective
- sem·i-in·di·rect·ness, noun
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How to use indirect in a sentence
What they didn’t measure was the “indirect” effect of vaccines in preventing the further spread of the virus, even though some computer models have predicted that blocking transmission could save more lives.So you got the vaccine. Can you still infect people? Pfizer is trying to find out. | Stephanie Arnett | February 2, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Besides, high readability levels will make your content hard to understand for people with various cognitive disabilities, so this may be another indirect signal to Google that your content is good for a limited audience.
Under the newly passed requirement, brokers and consultants must tell employers the various forms of direct or indirect compensation they receive from vendors associated with a health plan.Lavish Bonus? Luxury Trip? Health Benefits Brokers Will Have to Disclose What They Receive From the Insurance Industry | by Marshall Allen | January 6, 2021 | ProPublica
Respiratory indirect calorimetry is typically done at a doctor’s office, although small, portable, more affordable devices are increasingly being brought to market.Some people can eat anything and not gain a pound. How metabolism affects the calories you burn each day. | Terezie Tolar-Peterson | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
One indirect way to do it is to fill it with three-dimensional triangular tiles.A Mathematician’s Unanticipated Journey Through the Physical World | Kevin Hartnett | December 16, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
This is true, but it indicates the other, more indirect cost of Edmund.
Living with the threat of random death raining down leads to a strange way of life, a pathology of indirect fire.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins | Nick Willard | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, officials are musing about indirect sources of supply, by and through third countries.CIA Director’s Trip to Kiev Was a Warning to Putin | Leslie H. Gelb | April 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And the new channels tend to be underground, indirect, and unaccountable.The Answer to the McCutcheon Decision Is More Big Money in Politics | Jonathan Rauch | April 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Additionally, if inflation happened, it was so early on that we can only ever see indirect evidence for it.The Big Buzz in Space News Is Something Called “Inflation.” What Exactly Is It? | Matthew R. Francis | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In such cases, Synthesis, which is taught hereafter, develops an indirect relation.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
indirect lighting gave a pretty gleam to the metal gadgets on the tables.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
Here undoubtedly we may see the indirect influence which the New School exercised upon Tchaikovsky.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Signalized as the hardiest of the indirect allies of the brigands in the affair of the "Chauffeurs of Mortagne."Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Robert Burns, who has sung of the haggis and the whisky of his native land, has only made indirect mention of porridge.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
British Dictionary definitions for indirect
deviating from a direct course or line; roundabout; circuitous
not coming as a direct effect or consequence; secondary: indirect benefits
not straightforward, open, or fair; devious or evasive: an indirect insult
(of a title or an inheritance) not inherited in an unbroken line of succession from father to son
- indirectly, adverb
- indirectness, noun
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