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indirectly

[ in-duh-rekt-lee, -dahy- ]
/ ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt li, -daɪ- /
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adverb
in a roundabout way; not by the shortest or straightest path: Since I had time to spare I took a bus that went a bit indirectly to my destination, and saw places on the way that I never knew existed.
by a connection that is not immediate: We all pay into the federal tax system indirectly when we purchase goods from companies that pay taxes.
in a way that is veiled or not straightforward; obliquely: I use poetic language to speak indirectly about those things that seem to slip from our grasp as soon as we name them.
deviously or covertly: The ad comes from a group indirectly funded by the cult and calling itself by another name.
Grammar. as indirect discourse; not as an actual quotation:If I’m reporting the person’s speech indirectly, I’d speak about them in the third person—using “she,” “he,” or “they.”
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Origin of indirectly

OTHER WORDS FROM indirectly

sem·i-in·di·rect·ly, adverb
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