Definition of indirect:
- Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
- Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc.
- Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as, indirect results, damages, or claims.
- Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.
- 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.
roundabout, excursive, verificatory, squinty, coded, confirmatory, verifying, knock-on, mediate, sidelong, bland, sneaky, wandering, squint, biting, lubricious, as a consequence/in consequence, corroborative, therefore, periphrastic, squint-eyed, circumlocutious, ensuing, hearsay, cutting, mealymouthed, from, rambling, digressive, meandering, acrid, circular, honest, duplicitous, devious, diversionary, disingenuous, confirming, confirmative, circuitous, askance, underhand, anfractuous, thus, asquint, ambagious, by virtue of something, collateral, shifty, secondary, acid, substantiating, accordingly, digressive, consequently, allusive, circumlocutory, mealy-mouthed, winding, validatory, cheap, underhanded, discursive, corroboratory, substantiative, astringent, guileful, straight, tortuous, hence, validating, twisty, askant, oblique, backhanded.
- circumstantial (part of speech: adjective)
- roundabout (part of speech: noun)
- subtle (part of speech: adjective)
- diagonal (part of speech: adjective)
- "Essay on the Creative Imagination", Th. Ribot.
- "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
To have Marchand arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime was a business which would gravely interfere with his freedom of motion in the near future, would create complications which might cripple his own purposes in indirect ways.- "The World For Sale, Volume 2.", Gilbert Parker.