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Definitions of indirect

  1. INDIRECTNESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. Indirection. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "must take an indirect couse in sailing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Not straight or in a line; as, an indirect road; resulting, in a roundabout manner, from a cause; not reaching the end aimed at by the most straightforward method; not straightforward or fair. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Not direct or straight: not tending to a result by the plainest course: not straightforward or honest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Not direct; roundabout; inferential; equivocal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Not direct or straight; not tending directly to the point; not straight forward; not fair or honest. Indirect tax, a tax laid on an article of produce, but really paid by the consumer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Circuitous; not straightforward; unfair; dishonest. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Not by a simple method; complicated; development, mitosis, selection, embryogeny. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for indirect

  1. Elections continued to be indirect until 1906, when provision was made for elections by direct and secret ballot. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  2. They are of primary importance although in themselves only indirect results of the study. – The Education of Catholic Girls by Janet Erskine Stuart
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