[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-]
- 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
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Related Wordsfalsehood, infamy, duplicity, falsity, stealing, shadiness, deceit, artifice, racket, fraud, graft, double-dealing, infidelity, cheating, trickery, trickiness, bunk, cunning, corruption, perfidy
Examples from the Web for indirection
Besides she could not wait to ask her questions by any indirection.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
The other was not dull, nor did he usually travel by indirection.The Long Roll
I could be robbed by indirection, but this was too open and barefaced to be endured.My Bondage and My Freedom
Madame Guyon lays bare her heart, but she does it by indirection.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
It is possible, however, that it may teach a valuable lesson by indirection.The Gay Gnani of Gingalee
- indirect procedure, courses, or methods
- lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
- indirect dealing; deceit
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Word Origin and History for indirection
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