|1.||[ adjective ] having intervening factors or persons or influences|
"reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light" "indirect evidence" "an indirect cause"
|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|
"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"
|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|