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 (ĭn′dĭ-rĕk′shən, -dī-)
1. The quality or state of being indirect.
a. Lack of straightforwardness; deviousness: obtained their goal by subtle indirection.
b. A devious act or statement: wouldn't give us a straight answer, only hints and indirections.
3. Lack of direction; aimlessness.


1. indirect procedure, courses, or methods
2. lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
3. indirect dealing; deceit


(ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-)

1. indirect action or procedure.
2. a roundabout course or method.
3. a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness.
4. deceitful or dishonest dealing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indirection - indirect procedure or action; "he tried to find out by indirection"
procedure, process - a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"
2.indirection - deceitful action that is not straightforward; "he could see through the indirections of diplomats"
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving


References in classic literature ?
In your case, I fear, confession is exploitation by indirection, profit-making by ruse, self-aggrandizement at the expense of God.
Incidentally, the sled went faster, and thus, by cunning indirection, did man increase his mastery over the beasts.
He was, as I remember, unable to tell directly, what made him happy or unhappy, but by wonderful indirections he could tell.
When I introduced the concept of soft power in 1990, I wrote that it is characterized by voluntarism and indirection, while hard power rests on threats and inducements.
My poetry imitates or reproduces the way knowledge or awareness come to me, which is by fits and starts and by indirection.
If the military's doctrine emphasizes maneuver and indirection, such as the Israeli military and German army during the early part of World War II, then it needs an organization that is decentralized, has a low degree of standardization (that is, allows its personnel to deviate from standard practices as the situation warrants), and has a high degree of horizontal integration so that field commanders can coordinate directly with their local counterparts in other units and services without having to get approval all the way up and down their respective chains of command.
Working under the relentless eye of government censorship makes it necessary to learn to write by indirection.
In "Comprehended by Herodotus" she parses out the schema and meaning of the ancient Greek historian's The History, or The Persian Wars, arguing that he worked by indirection.
Harvard's Robert McCloskey characterized Marshall's ruling, in which the court seized the power to rule on the constitutionality of laws (judicial review), as "a masterwork of indirection, a brilliant example of Chief Justice Marshall's capacity .
Applying classic principles of indirection, he gives her an important organized-crime case to keep track of, along with single-mother headaches caused by her 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, who have picked this moment to act out their growing pains.
Nash opens her study with a discussion of the famed "impersonality" of British novels of this period in order to set up her argument that indirection sometimes masks a persuasive argument and that the novels she examines are "paradigmatic examples of oblique authorial strategies to persuade a readership that has developed a taste for indirection to think differently about women's rights and prerogatives" (2).
Muhammad Basharat Raja further said that provision of direct election for women of villages and indirection election for women of the cities is a decision which is not understandable.