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In Old French and Middle English often en-, but most of these forms have not survived in Modern English, and the few that do (enemy, for instance) no longer are felt as negative. The rule of thumb in English has been to use in- with obviously Latin elements, un- with native or nativized ones.
c. 1400, "straight, undeviating, not crooked," from Old French direct (13c.) and directly from Latin directus "straight," adjectival use of past participle of dirigere "to set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to direct, to guide, keep straight" (from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line"). Meaning "plain, expressive, not ambiguous" is from 1580s.
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an indirect cause
reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light
you must take an indirect course in sailing
sometimes taking an indirect path saves time
an indirect descendant of the Stuarts
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
an indirect advantage