Definition of indirect :
1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
2. Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc.
3. 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.
4. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.
5. 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.
excursive, circular, cutting, confirmative, mediate, circuitous, biting, asquint, digressive, askant, diversionary, askance, sidelong, squinty, corroboratory, ensuing, underhanded, thus, corroborative, anfractuous, guileful, secondary, verifying, lubricious, cheap, squint, validatory, periphrastic, straight, mealymouthed, knock-on, validating, substantiating, discursive, collateral, roundabout, astringent, acid, squint-eyed, consequently, honest, wandering, coded, oblique, from, confirming, circumlocutious, circumlocutory, meandering, twisty, mealy-mouthed, duplicitous, winding, bland, underhand, tortuous, hence, by virtue of something, hearsay, allusive, therefore, disingenuous, confirmatory, backhanded, verificatory, acrid, rambling, shifty, accordingly, sneaky, as a consequence/in consequence, substantiative, ambagious
circumstantial (part of speech: adjective)
roundabout (part of speech: noun)
subtle (part of speech: adjective)
diagonal (part of speech: adjective)
- Thus, reasonings in logical form and reflection regarding a decision to be made have a feeble tendency to become changed into acts; their motor effects are indirect, and at a long range. - "Essay on the Creative Imagination", Th. Ribot.
- But, guided by indirect evidence, we may safely conclude that here too the law holds. - "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.