- 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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2. incidental, unintentional, secondary.
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Examples from the Web for indirectness
Miriam benignly gazed—it was the perfection of indirectness.The Tragic Muse
There was nothing apologetic in this man, no indirectness in his method of attack.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
Compare his expressiveness, the expressiveness of his indirectness with that of constatation.Instigations
We spoke of fear once, though with the indirectness of connection I have mentioned.Incredible Adventures
But the question is one of directness or indirectness of aim.The Teacher
George Herbert Palmer
- 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 indirectness
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