indirection

[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-]
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noun
  1. indirect action or procedure.
  2. a roundabout course or method.
  3. a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness: His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
  4. deceitful or dishonest dealing.

Origin of indirection

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

noun
  1. indirect procedure, courses, or methods
  2. lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
  3. indirect dealing; deceit
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Word Origin and History for indirection
n.

c.1600, from indirect + -ion.

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