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- 1. indirect, mediate (vs. immediate)
- usage: having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"
- 2. indirect (vs. direct), askance, askant, asquint, squint, squint-eyed, squinty, sidelong, devious, circuitous, roundabout, diversionary, meandering(prenominal), rambling, wandering(prenominal), winding, crooked
- usage: not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"
- 3. collateral (vs. lineal), indirect, related
- usage: descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
- 4. indirect (vs. direct), allusive, backhanded, circuitous, roundabout, circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious, devious, oblique, digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling, hearsay, mealymouthed, mealy-mouthed, tortuous
- usage: extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
- 5. indirect, secondary (vs. primary)
- usage: not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"
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