1. [ adjective ] having intervening factors or persons or influences

"reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light" "indirect evidence" "an indirect cause"

Related terms: mediate
2. [ adjective ] 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 course in sailing"

Related terms: direct meandering askance devious diversionary crabwise crooked directness
3. [ adjective ] descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
Synonyms: oblique collateral

"cousins are collateral relatives" "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

Related terms: lineal related
4. [ adjective ] not as a direct effect or consequence

"indirect benefits" "an indirect advantage"

Related terms: secondary
5. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: direct circuitous devious circumlocutious mealy-mouthed backhanded mealymouthed tortuous hearsay digressive allusive
Similar spelling:   indirectly