adjective satellite having intervening factors or persons or influences
- reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light
- indirect evidence
- an indirect cause
adjective not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
- sometimes taking an indirect path saves time
- you must take an indirect course in sailing
adjective descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
- cousins are collateral relatives
- an indirect descendant of the Stuarts
adjective extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
- making indirect but legitimate inquiries
- an indirect insult
- doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind
- though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest
- known as a shady indirect fellow
adjective satellite not as a direct effect or consequence
- indirect benefits
- an indirect advantage
not + direct
: cf. F. indirect
- Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
- Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect accusation, attack, answer, or proposal.
By what bypaths and indirect, crooked ways
I met this crown.
- Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.
Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or other.
- Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as, indirect results, damages, or claims.
- (Logic & Math.) Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc.
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