Definitions of indirect

  1. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; " cousins are collateral relatives"; " an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
  2. not as a direct effect or consequence; " indirect benefits"; " an indirect advantage"
  3. not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; " sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; " must take an indirect couse in sailing"
  4. having intervening factors or persons or influences; " reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; " indirect evidence"; " an indirect cause"
  5. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
  6. Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect accusation, attack, answer, or proposal.
  7. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.
  8. Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc.
  9. Indirectly.
  10. Not straight or in a line; as, an indirect road; resulting, in a roundabout manner, from a cause; not reaching the end aimed at by the most straightforward method; not straightforward or fair.
  11. Not direct or straight: not tending to a result by the plainest course: not straightforward or honest.
  13. Not direct; roundabout; inferential; equivocal.
  14. Indirection.
  15. Not direct or straight; not tending directly to the point; not straight forward; not fair or honest. Indirect tax, a tax laid on an article of produce, but really paid by the consumer.
  16. Circuitous; not straightforward; unfair; dishonest.
  17. Not by a simple method; complicated; development, mitosis, selection, embryogeny.

Usage examples for indirect

  1. Elections continued to be indirect until 1906, when provision was made for elections by direct and secret ballot. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  2. They are of primary importance although in themselves only indirect results of the study. – The Education of Catholic Girls by Janet Erskine Stuart
  3. But, then, besides this direct effort, there are the other indirect methods in which this commandment can be discharged, by sympathy and help of all sorts, about which I need say no more here. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  4. During the consecration, which was but little decent as far as the consecrated and the spectators were concerned, above all when leaving the building, M. le Duc d'Orleans evinced his satisfaction at finding so many considerable people present, and then went away to Asnieres to dine with Madame Parabere- very glad that a ceremony was over upon which he had bestowed only indirect attention, from the commencement to the end. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 13 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  5. He also wrote over 40 works, and composed several hymns; but the influence of the Prayer- book in fixing the language is his great, though indirect, service to our literature. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  6. Let us examine, in a word, not merely the direct influence which the creed of each of the two sections of Irishmen produces on the industrial character of its adherents, but also its indirect effects upon the mutual relations and regard for each other of Protestants and Roman Catholics. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  7. This mournful prospect has been the indirect means of founding a new school, that of the semi- amateurs, which, while claiming for itself all the attributes of the book lover, has, nevertheless, an eye to the main chance, and is prepared at a moment's notice to transfer an entire collection inter vivos if the required sum be forthcoming. – Book Collecting A Guide for Amateurs by John Herbert Slater
  8. Heroic literature ought to be put into the hands of the children- either directly or through indirect suggestion in some curiosity- arousing reference to the story. – Training the Teacher by A. F. Schauffler Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux Martin G. Brumbaugh Marion Lawrance
  9. On the one hand we have the evidence of Whiting and Trimble, both experienced soldiers; on the other, in addition to the indirect evidence of Jackson's inaction, we have the statement of Major Dabney. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  10. There will, therefore, be no previous inquiry; at least only the indirect one which the Government can make for itself. – Correspondence & Conversations of Alexis de Tocqueville with Nassau William Senior from 1834 to 1859, Vol. 2 by Alexis de Tocqueville
  11. The indirect causes of milk fever exist in any thing that can for a time prevent the free and full play of any part of the animal functions. – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd
  12. It must therefore be always an indirect, abnormal, accidental consequence of their activity. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  13. But, was the indirect reply, we have not the facilities at present. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  14. Even I feel humiliated to continually ascertain, by various direct and indirect sources from Europe, in what little estimation- if not worse- is held our administration by the principal statesmen and governments of the old world. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  15. There had been, between them, none but indirect allusions to her engagement, and Rowland had no desire to discuss it more largely; for he had no quarrel with matters as they stood. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  16. " All your speeches lately have been an attack upon the clergy direct or indirect. – The Untilled Field by George Moore
  17. The second method of maintaining control- through the control of social prestige- is indirect, but none the less effective. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  18. He was very keen on indirect fire, but we could get little or no information on it. – Average Americans by Theodore Roosevelt
  19. In fact, the connection between mere opinion of any kind, and goodness, is very distant and indirect. – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke