indirect

adjective
in·​di·​rect | \ ˌin-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce indirect (audio) , -(ˌ)dī- \

Definition of indirect

: not direct: such as
a(1) : deviating from a direct line or course : roundabout
(2) : not going straight to the point an indirect accusation
(3) : being or involving proof of a proposition or theorem by demonstration that its negation leads to an absurdity or contradiction
b : not straightforward and open : deceitful
c : not directly aimed at or achieved indirect consequences
d : stating what a real or supposed original speaker said with changes in wording that conform the statement grammatically to the sentence in which it is included indirect discourse an indirect question
e : not effected by the action of the people or the electorate indirect government representation

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Other Words from indirect

indirectly \ ˌin-​də-​ˈrekt-​lē How to pronounce indirect (audio) , -​(ˌ)dī-​ \ adverb
indirectness \ ˌin-​də-​ˈrekt-​nəs How to pronounce indirect (audio) , -​(ˌ)dī-​ \ noun

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Examples of indirect in a Sentence

We took an indirect route. These plants grow best in bright indirect light. He gave only vague, indirect answers to our questions. They used indirect methods of investigation. There were many indirect references to his earlier books. Looking at her watch was her indirect way of telling him it was time to leave. Poor nutrition may have been an indirect cause of the disease. The cigarette stubs were indirect evidence that someone had been smoking in the room. “He said that he would call later,” is an example of indirect speech since his actual words were “I'll call later.” an indirect question such as “She asked whether the doctor had arrived”
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Recent Examples on the Web These Americans face a litany of direct and indirect costs, including predatory interest on credit products like payday loans and fees on check-cashing services. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, which studies the economic impact of U.S. business-to-business trade shows, said those events alone were expected to generate $105 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2020. Dee-ann Durbin, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 By some accounts, cockfighting is a multi-million-dollar industry on the island that reportedly employs around 20,000 people through direct and indirect means. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 The shale revolution led to an enormous number of direct jobs working in the oil and gas industry, and perhaps ten times as many indirect jobs that depended on the industry. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Officials made a similar case on Monday, saying offshore wind deployment would create 44,000 new jobs directly in the offshore wind sector, such as building and installing turbines, as well as 33,000 new indirect jobs. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021 Officials made a similar case Monday, saying offshore wind deployment would create 44,000 new jobs directly in the offshore wind sector, such as building and installing turbines, as well as 33,000 new indirect jobs. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Mar. 2021 Key findings from the study include: The mobility industry directly employed nearly 570,000 workers statewide, which supported an additional 526,000 indirect jobs, a total of almost 1.1 million jobs. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2021 Now, the avocado crop directly provides about 78,000 jobs and another 310,000 indirect jobs. Dallas News, 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of indirect

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indirect

Middle English, from Medieval Latin indirectus, from Latin in- + directus direct — more at dress

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The first known use of indirect was in the 14th century

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“Indirect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indirect. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for indirect

indirect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indirect

: not going straight from one point to another
: not said or done in a clear and direct way
: not having a clear and direct connection

indirect

adjective
in·​di·​rect | \ ˌin-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce indirect (audio) , -dī- \

Kids Definition of indirect

1 : not straight or direct an indirect route
2 : not straightforward an indirect answer
3 : not having a plainly seen connection an indirect cause

Other Words from indirect

indirectly adverb
indirectness noun

indirect

adjective
in·​di·​rect | \ ˌin-də-ˈrekt, -dī- How to pronounce indirect (audio) \

Medical Definition of indirect

1 : not direct: as
a : not resulting directly from an action or cause (as a disease) indirect effects of malaria
b : involving intermediate or intervening parts or pathways stimulation of one eye elicits narrowing of the pupil of the other eye by an indirect reaction indirect attachment of a muscle through tendons
2 : involving or being immunofluorescence in which antibodies of two kinds are used of which the first combine with a specific protein and the second contain a fluorescent label and combine with the antibodies of the first type

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indirectly adverb

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