Meaning of INDIRECT in English

/ ˌɪndəˈrekt; NAmE ; -daɪˈr-/ adjective [ usually before noun ]


happening not as the main aim, cause or result of a particular action, but in addition to it :

the indirect effects of the war

to find something out by indirect methods

The building collapsed as an indirect result of the heavy rain.

There would be some benefit, however indirect, to the state.

indirect costs (= costs that are not directly connected with making a product, for example training, heating, rent, etc.)


avoiding saying sth in a clear and obvious way :

an indirect attack


not going in a straight line :

an indirect route

OPP direct

►  in·dir·ect·ly adverb :

The new law will affect us all, directly or indirectly.

►  in·dir·ect·ness noun [ U ]



late Middle English (in the sense not in full grammatical concord ): from medieval Latin indirectus , from in- not + directus (past participle of dirigere , from di- distinctly or de- down + regere put straight).

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