Definition of indirect
: not direct: such asa (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 contradictionb : not straightforward and open : deceitfulc : not directly aimed at or achieved indirect consequencesd : 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 questione : not effected by the action of the people or the electorate indirect government representation
indirectlyplay \ˌin-də-ˈrekt-lē, -(ˌ)dī-\ adverb
indirectnessplay \ˌin-də-ˈrekt-nəs, -(ˌ)dī-\ noun
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”
Recent Examples of indirect from the Web
In addition, dealerships are also responsible for hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs from companies that provide goods and services to the industry.
But Grupp notes that charities and the drug industry are often reluctant to cover the indirect costs of research, such as labs.
The hurricane was responsible for four drowning deaths in the U.S. and one indirect death in Mississippi.
J. Timmons Roberts, a researcher at the Brookings Institution who tracks climate spending, described the commitment as more complex and often indirect than aid through programs like the Green Climate Fund.
Trump is simply wrong on direct funding and is imprecise and possibly out of date on indirect funding.
Arora's son, Amit Arora, said his father will have an indirect minority interest in the project as part of the upcoming sale of the land.
Since the constitution was drafted in 1988 there have never been indirect elections, and there are no bylaws determining who would be eligible to stand.
Safeguard had direct ownership interests in 49 partner companies and indirect investments in an extended network of about 300 partner companies, including Internet Capital Group Inc., another Internet holding company with stakes in 77 companies.
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Origin and Etymology of indirect
Middle English, from Medieval Latin indirectus, from Latin in- + directus direct — more at dress
First Known Use: 14th century
INDIRECT Defined for Kids
Definition of indirect for Students
1 : not straight or direct an indirect route
2 : not straightforward an indirect answer
3 : not having a plainly seen connection an indirect cause
Medical Definition of indirect
1: not direct: asa: not resulting directly from an action or cause (as a disease) indirect effects of malariab: 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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