Meaning of indirect

in•di•rect

Pronunciation: (in"du-rekt', -dī-), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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