[ US /ˌɪndɝˈɛkt/ ]
[ UK /ɪnda‍ɪɹˈɛkt/ ]
  1. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
    cousins are collateral relatives
    an indirect descendant of the Stuarts
  2. having intervening factors or persons or influences
    indirect evidence
    reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light
    an indirect cause
  3. 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
  4. not as a direct effect or consequence
    an indirect advantage
    indirect benefits
  5. extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
    an indirect insult
    known as a shady indirect fellow
    though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest
    making indirect but legitimate inquiries
    doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind
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How To Use indirect In A Sentence

  • ‘Break, break, break,’ for instance, is a bitter poem on unrecompensed, pointless loss, but it achieves its power and makes its point very indirectly, largely through structural implications.
  • The old rates were at least indirectly related to income; the new tax takes no account of a person's ability to pay.
  • And it was Charlie’s indirect responsibility that he committed suicide, thus ending that marriage in acrimony and despair. Patrick McGrath’s ‘Trauma’ « Tales from the Reading Room
  • There would be some benefit, however indirect, to the state.
  • Free kicks Should direct free kicks be allowed, or indirect free kicks only? Times, Sunday Times
  • Clause 19.4 excludes all liability for indirect or consequential loss or damage on the part of either party.
  • It is a matter of intellect, thought, indirect leadership, advice, and consensus-building.
  • Older and newly arrived Vietnamese Americans often display indirectness and extreme politeness in dealing with others.
  • Its best influence may be indirect, by the example of sudden, transforming prosperity. Times, Sunday Times
  • Taken together these are a significant help and in effect constitute an indirect government subsidy.
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