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


Nearby words

  1. indigoid,
  2. indigolite,
  3. indigotic,
  4. indigotin,
  5. indio,
  6. indirect address,
  7. indirect characterization,
  8. indirect cost,
  9. indirect costs,
  10. indirect discourse

Origin of indirect

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word indīrēctus. See in-3, direct

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indirect


/ (ˌɪndɪˈrɛkt) /


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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