indirect
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin indirectus, from Latin in- + directus direct — more at dress Date: 14th century not direct: as a. (1) deviating from a direct line or course ; roundabout (2) not going straight to the point <
an indirect accusation
>
(3) being or involving proof of a proposition or theorem by demonstration that its negation leads to an absurdity or contradiction b. not straightforward and open ; deceitful c. not directly aimed at or achieved <
indirect consequences
>
d. stating what a real or supposed original speaker said with changes in wording that conform the statement grammatically to the sentence in which it is included <
indirect discourse
>
<
an indirect question
>
e. not effected by the action of the people or the electorate <
indirect government representation
>
indirectly adverbindirectness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • indirect — INDIRÉCT, Ă, indirecţi, te, adj. 1. (Adesea adverbial) Care nu este direct, care se produce, apare sau se obţine prin mijlocirea cuiva sau a ceva. 2. (lingv.; în sintagmele) Stil indirect sau vorbire indirectă = procedeu sintactic de redare a… …   Dicționar Român

  • indirect — indirect, ecte (in di rèkt, rèk t ; voy. DIRECT, pour la prononciation de la finale) adj. 1°   Qui n est pas direct. Chemin indirect. 2°   Fig. Qui suit une voie détournée. Avis indirect. Moyens indirects.    Louanges indirectes, celles qu on… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • indirect — UK US /ˌɪndɪˈrekt/ adjective ► not done or communicated in a direct way: »We decided to take an indirect approach to tackling the problem of absenteeism. »He made only an indirect reference to what had happened at the meeting. ► happening in… …   Financial and business terms

  • indirect — [in΄də rekt′; ] occas. [, in΄dīrekt′] adj. [ME < ML indirectus] not direct; specif., a) not straight; deviating; roundabout b) not straight to the point, or to the person or thing aimed at [an indirect reply] c) not straightforward; not fair… …   English World dictionary

  • indirect — (adj.) late 14c., from M.Fr. indirect (14c.) or directly from L.L. indirectus, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + directus (see DIRECT (Cf. direct)). Related: Indirectness …   Etymology dictionary

  • indirect — Indirect, [indir]ecte. adj. Qui n est pas direct. Il n a point d usage au propre. Fig. Voyes indirectes, Se dit en mauvaise part, pour de mauvais moyens. Il est parvenu à cette charge par des voyes indirectes. On appelle aussi figur. Loüanges… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Indirect — (v. lat.), nicht geradezu, mittelbar, durch einen Dritten …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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