[ in-duh-rek-shuhn, -dahy- ]
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  1. indirect action or procedure.

  2. a roundabout course or method.

  1. a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness: His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.

  2. deceitful or dishonest dealing.

Origin of indirection

1585–95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction

Words Nearby indirection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use indirection in a sentence

  • True, the landlord could not by any hint or indirection discover from whence his midnight visitor came.

  • Of course it was done honestly; nobody suspects the Mayor of Boston of double-dealing, of intrigue, or of any indirection!

  • "It is not impossible that I shall want them myself," responded Bean, unconsciously adopting the Tully indirection.

    Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson
  • All direct approaches failing, at last he tried indirection.

    True Detective Stories | Cleveland Moffett
  • He refers to this second wife once by indirection, thus: "The children of Laura are no longer motherless."

British Dictionary definitions for indirection


/ (ˌɪndɪˈrɛkʃən) /

  1. indirect procedure, courses, or methods

  2. lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness

  1. indirect dealing; deceit

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