- not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in sailing.
- coming or resulting otherwise than directly or immediately, as effects or consequences: an indirect advantage.
- not direct in action or procedure: His methods are indirect but not dishonest.
- not straightforward; devious; deceitful: He is known as a shady, indirect fellow.
- not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.: indirect evidence.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of indirect discourse: an indirect quote.
- not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.
Origin of indirect
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Examples from the Web for indirectly
But he did speak to the issue of the razzle-dazzle camera moves, at least indirectly.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
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Indirectly, he is pushing Rick to acknowledge that this is the only reality.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
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“Many people have experienced crime in this country, directly and indirectly, at some time or another,” she continued.Will Oscar Pistorius Still Get Jail Time?
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Most obviously, “the anti-gay bullies who came before us” exercised the reins of power, either directly or indirectly.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim
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These vines are indirectly linked to one of the most notable idioms of our day.The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines
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Either we ourselves have failed; or the failure of others affects us indirectly.The Conquest of Fear
Heneage, who threatened me, and indirectly her, has chucked the whole business.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Not directly, but indirectly, as the very last refinement of initiation.
Since we are concerned only indirectly with the affair, it may be stated very briefly.The Snare
But it occurred to me that perhaps I could, in a measure, indirectly.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
- 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
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Word Origin and History for indirectly
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