indirection

[ in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy- ]
/ ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ- /

noun

indirect action or procedure.
a roundabout course or method.
a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness: His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
deceitful or dishonest dealing.

Origin of indirection

1585–95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction
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British Dictionary definitions for indirection

indirection
/ (ˌɪndɪˈrɛkʃən) /

noun

indirect procedure, courses, or methods
lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
indirect dealing; deceit
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