English adjective: indirect
|1.||indirect having intervening factors or persons or influences|
|Samples||Reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light.|
An indirect cause.
|2.||indirect not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination|
|Samples||Sometimes taking an indirect path saves time.|
You must take an indirect course in sailing.
|Similar||askance, askant, asquint, circuitous, devious, diversionary, meandering, rambling, roundabout, sidelong, squint, squint-eyed, squinty, wandering, winding|
|3.||indirect descended from a common ancestor but through different lines|
|Samples||Cousins are collateral relatives.|
An indirect descendant of the Stuarts.
|4.||indirect extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action|
|Samples||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.
|Similar||allusive, ambagious, backhanded, circuitous, circumlocutious, circumlocutory, devious, digressive, discursive, excursive, hearsay, mealy-mouthed, mealymouthed, oblique, periphrastic, rambling, roundabout, tortuous|
|5.||indirect not as a direct effect or consequence|
An indirect advantage.