Meaning of INDIRECT in English

— indirectly , adv. — indirectness , n.

/in'deuh rekt", -duy-/ , 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.

[ 1350-1400; ME indirectus. See IN- 3 , DIRECT ]

Syn. 2. incidental, unintentional, secondary.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .