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English adjective: indirect

1. indirect having intervening factors or persons or influences


SamplesReflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light.
Indirect evidence.
An indirect cause.


Similarmediate


Antonymsimmediate

2. indirect not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination


SamplesSometimes taking an indirect path saves time.
You must take an indirect course in sailing.


Similaraskance, askant, asquint, circuitous, devious, diversionary, meandering, rambling, roundabout, sidelong, squint, squint-eyed, squinty, wandering, winding


See alsocrooked


Attributedirectness, straightness


Antonymsdirect

3. indirect descended from a common ancestor but through different lines


SamplesCousins are collateral relatives.
An indirect descendant of the Stuarts.


Synonymscollateral


See alsorelated


Antonymslineal, direct

4. indirect extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action


SamplesMaking 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.


Similarallusive, ambagious, backhanded, circuitous, circumlocutious, circumlocutory, devious, digressive, discursive, excursive, hearsay, mealy-mouthed, mealymouthed, oblique, periphrastic, rambling, roundabout, tortuous


Antonymsdirect

5. indirect not as a direct effect or consequence


SamplesIndirect benefits.
An indirect advantage.


Similarsecondary


Antonymsprimary









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