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Meaning & Definition of Indirect in English

English

Indirect

/ɪndərɛkt/

adjective

1. Having intervening factors or persons or influences

  • "Reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"
  • "Indirect evidence"
  • "An indirect cause"
    synonym:
  • indirect

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • indirect

3. Descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

  • "Cousins are collateral relatives"
  • "An indirect descendant of the stuarts"
    synonym:
  • collateral
  • ,
  • indirect

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • indirect

5. Not as a direct effect or consequence

  • "Indirect benefits"
  • "An indirect advantage"
    synonym:
  • indirect