an argument for a proposition that shows its negation to be incompatible with a previously accepted or established premise.
(logic, maths) proof of a conclusion by showing its negation to be self-contradictory; reductio ad absurdum Compare direct (sense 17)
- Indirect question
noun 1. a question reported in indirect speech, as in She asked why you came Compare direct question noun a question embedded in a sentence; an inquiry in reported speech, e.g. He asked who I was. Usage Note gram.
- Indirect reacting bilirubin
indirect reacting bilirubin n. Serum bilirubin that has not been conjugated with glucuronic acid in the liver.
- Indirect speech
noun 1. the reporting of something said or written by conveying what was meant rather than repeating the exact words, as in the sentence He asked me whether I would go as opposed to He asked me, “Will you go?” Also called reported speech
noun 1. a tax levied indirectly, as one levied on commodities before they reach the consumer but ultimately paid by the consumer as part of the market price. noun 1. a tax levied on goods or services rather than on individuals or companies Compare direct tax