AskDefine | Define indirect

Dictionary Definition

indirect adj
1 having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"
2 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" [ant: direct]
3 descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts" [syn: collateral] [ant: lineal]
4 extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow" [ant: direct]
5 not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"

User Contributed Dictionary



From in- + direct. Thus, "not direct."



  1. Not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.


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Extensive Definition

Direct may refer to:
In computing:
In mathematics:

See also

indirect in French: Direct
indirect in Dutch: Direct
indirect in Swedish: Direct

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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