indirect

[in-duh-rekt, -dahy-]
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; Middle English < Medieval Latin indīrēctus. See in-3, direct

indirectly, adverb
indirectness, noun
semi-indirect, adjective
semi-indirectly, adverb
semi-indirectness, noun


2. incidental, unintentional, secondary.
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indirect (ˌɪndɪˈrɛkt)
 
adj
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
 
indi'rectly
 
adv
 
indi'rectness
 
n

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indirect
1474, from M.Fr. indirect (1364), from L. indirectus, from in- "not" + directus (see direct).
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Example sentences
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.
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