Indirect tax
Indirect In`di*rect", a. [Pref. in- not + direct: cf. F. indirect.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

By what bypaths and indirect, crooked ways I met this crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive. [1913 Webster]

Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or other. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Logic & Math.) Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Indirect claims}, claims for remote or consequential damage. Such claims were presented to and thrown out by the commissioners who arbitrated the damage inflicted on the United States by the Confederate States cruisers built and supplied by Great Britain.

{Indirect demonstration}, a mode of demonstration in which proof is given by showing that any other supposition involves an absurdity (reductio ad absurdum), or an impossibility; thus, one quantity may be proved equal to another by showing that it can be neither greater nor less.

{Indirect discourse}. (Gram.) See {Direct discourse}, under {Direct}.

{Indirect evidence}, evidence or testimony which is circumstantial or inferential, but without witness; -- opposed to {direct evidence}.

{Indirect tax}, a tax, such as customs, excises, etc., exacted directly from the merchant, but paid indirectly by the consumer in the higher price demanded for the articles of merchandise. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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