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[in-duh-rekt, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-/
adjective
1.
not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout:
an indirect course in sailing.
2.
coming or resulting otherwise than directly or immediately, as effects or consequences:
an indirect advantage.
3.
not direct in action or procedure:
His methods are indirect but not dishonest.
4.
not straightforward; devious; deceitful:
He is known as a shady, indirect fellow.
5.
not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.:
indirect evidence.
6.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of indirect discourse:
an indirect quote.
7.
not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin indīrēctus. See in-3, direct
Related forms
indirectly, adverb
indirectness, noun
semi-indirect, adjective
semi-indirectly, adverb
semi-indirectness, noun
Synonyms
2. incidental, unintentional, secondary.
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Examples for indirectly
  • The article seems to identify directly and indirectly a number of people as alcoholics.
  • Toys are made, directly or indirectly, from natural resources.
  • Polar bears are indirectly suffering the fallout from global oil dependence.
  • Discuss which were directly impacted by plate tectonics and which were indirectly impacted.
  • In one way or another, be it directly or indirectly.
  • Virtually all life in the world's oceans is directly or indirectly dependent on one-celled plants called phytoplankton.
  • The production of garbage contributes to global warming both directly and indirectly.
  • It remains possible that the two may be only indirectly linked.
  • The finds are always made available to the public, and they've helped these communities either directly or indirectly.
  • Other organisms, including herbivores such as deer, depend on it indirectly.
British Dictionary definitions for indirectly

indirect

/ˌɪndɪˈrɛkt/
adjective
1.
deviating from a direct course or line; roundabout; circuitous
2.
not coming as a direct effect or consequence; secondary indirect benefits
3.
not straightforward, open, or fair; devious or evasive an indirect insult
4.
(of a title or an inheritance) not inherited in an unbroken line of succession from father to son
Derived Forms
indirectly, adverb
indirectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indirectly
adv.

mid-15c., from indirect + -ly (2).

indirect

adj.

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.

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