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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.

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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.

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