[in-duh-rekt, -dahy-]


Origin of indirect

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word indīrēctus. See in-3, direct
Related formsin·di·rect·ly, adverbin·di·rect·ness, nounsem·i-in·di·rect, adjectivesem·i-in·di·rect·ly, adverbsem·i-in·di·rect·ness, noun

Synonyms for indirect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indirect

Contemporary Examples of indirect

Historical Examples of indirect

  • Then here is indirect heredity, that of the collateral branches.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Do not grudge labour where the return may be remote and indirect.

  • The lights which he throws on his subject are indirect, but they are not the less real for that.

  • Moreover the science has indirect effects, which are not small.

  • There are other indirect 375 benefits derived from metaphysical study.

British Dictionary definitions for indirect



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 Formsindirectly, adverbindirectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indirect

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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