indirect

[in-duh-rekt, -dahy-]

adjective


Origin of indirect

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word indīrēctus. See in-3, direct
Related formsin·di·rect·ly, adverbin·di·rect·ness, nounsem·i-in·di·rect, adjectivesem·i-in·di·rect·ly, adverbsem·i-in·di·rect·ness, noun

Synonyms for indirect

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Related Words for indirectly

secondhand, diffusely

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British Dictionary definitions for indirectly

indirect

adjective

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
Derived Formsindirectly, adverbindirectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indirectly
adv.

mid-15c., from indirect + -ly (2).

indirect

adj.

late 14c., from Middle French indirect (14c.) or directly from Late Latin indirectus, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + directus (see direct). Related: Indirectness.

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