Etymology
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indirect (adj.)

late 14c., from Old French indirect (14c.) or directly from Late Latin indirectus "not direct," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + directus (see direct (adj.)). Related: Indirectness.

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Definitions of indirect

indirect (adj.)
having intervening factors or persons or influences;
an indirect cause
reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light
indirect evidence
indirect (adj.)
not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination;
you must take an indirect course in sailing
sometimes taking an indirect path saves time
indirect (adj.)
descended from a common ancestor but through different lines;
an indirect descendant of the Stuarts
Synonyms: collateral
indirect (adj.)
extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action;
doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind
known as a shady indirect fellow
an indirect insult
making indirect but legitimate inquiries
though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest
indirect (adj.)
not as a direct effect or consequence;
indirect benefits
an indirect advantage
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