Dictionary.com

indirectly

[ in-duh-rekt-lee, -dahy- ]
/ ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt li, -daɪ- /
Save This Word!

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.”
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of indirectly

OTHER WORDS FROM indirectly

sem·i-in·di·rect·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use indirectly in a sentence

FEEDBACK