[in-duh-rekt, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-/
not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout:
an indirect course in sailing.
coming or resulting otherwise than directly or immediately, as effects or consequences:
an indirect advantage.
not direct in action or procedure:
His methods are indirect but not dishonest.
not straightforward; devious; deceitful:
He is known as a shady, indirect fellow.
not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.:
of, relating to, or characteristic of :
an indirect quote.
not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.
deviating from a direct course or line; roundabout; circuitous
not coming as a direct effect or consequence; secondary: indirect benefits
not straightforward, open, or fair; devious or evasive: an indirect insult
(of a title or an inheritance) not inherited in an unbroken line of succession from father to son
late 14c., from Middle French indirect (14c.) or directly from Late Latin indirectus, from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + directus (see direct). Related: Indirectness.
noun 1. a word or group of words representing the person or thing with reference to which the action of a verb is performed, in English generally coming between the verb and the direct object and paraphrasable as the object of a preposition, usually to or for, following the direct object, as the boy in […]
- Indirect ophthalmoscope
indirect ophthalmoscope n. An instrument designed to visualize the interior of the eye, with the instrument at arm’s length from the subject’s eye and the observer viewing an inverted image through a convex lens located between the instrument and the subject’s eye.
noun, U.S. Politics. 1. a primary in which members of a party elect delegates to a party convention that in turn elects the party’s candidates.
noun 1. an argument for a proposition that shows its negation to be incompatible with a previously accepted or established premise. noun 1. (logic, maths) proof of a conclusion by showing its negation to be self-contradictory; reductio ad absurdum Compare direct (sense 17)