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 (ĭn′dĭ-rĕkt′, -dī-)
1. Diverging from a direct course; roundabout.
a. Not proceeding straight to the point or object.
b. Not forthright and candid; devious.
3. Not directly planned for; secondary: indirect benefits.
4. Reporting the exact or approximate words of another with such changes as are necessary to bring the original statement into grammatical conformity with the sentence in which it is included: indirect discourse.
5. Logic Involving, relating to, or being the proof of a statement by the demonstration of the impossibility or absurdity of the statement's negation.
6. Sports Being an indirect free kick.

in′di·rect′ly adv.
in′di·rect′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indirectness - having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
allusiveness - a quality characterized by indirect reference
mediacy, mediateness - the quality of being mediate
deviousness, obliqueness - the quality of being oblique and rambling indirectly
discursiveness - the quality of being discursive
directness, straightness - trueness of course toward a goal; "rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"
عَدَم مُباشَرَه
sem er óbeinn; undirferli


[ˌɪndɪˈrektnɪs] Ncarácter m indirecto
the indirectness of his reply made it difficult tosu respuesta era tan evasiva or velada que era difícil ...


nIndirektheit f


(indiˈrekt) adjective
1. not leading straight to the destination; not direct. We arrived late because we took rather an indirect route.
2. not straightforward. I asked her several questions but she kept giving me indirect answers.
3. not intended; not directly aimed at. an indirect result.
ˌindiˈrectness noun
indirect object
the word in a sentence which stands for the person or thing to or for whom something is given, done etc. In `Give me the book', `Tell the children a story', `Boil John an egg', me, the children and John are indirect objects.
indirect speech
a person's words as they are reported rather than in the form in which they were said. He said that he would come is the form in indirect speech of He said `I will come'.
References in classic literature ?
The simple pathos, and the apparent indirectness of such a tale as that of 'Poticoushka,' the peasant conscript, is of vastly more value to the world at large than all his parables; and 'The Death of Ivan Ilyitch,' the Philistine worldling, will turn the hearts of many more from the love of the world than such pale fables of the early Christian life as "Work while ye have the Light.
You want to know something about him," she added, not choosing to indulge Rosamond's indirectness.
And indirectness is a key example I use in cautioning that what is sometimes attributed to psychological, even pathological, motives may simply be differing linguistic styles.
Subsequently, five factors were assessed that could reduce the confidence rating (risk of bias, unexplained inconsistency, indirectness, imprecision, and publication bias), followed by four factors that could increase the confidence rating (large magnitude of effect, dose response, plausible confounding, and consistency across study designs).
In particular, emotional dimensions of communication and indirectness are valued in communication.
And by requiring the listener to fill in unstated meaning, indirectness contributes to a sense of involvement through mutual participation in sense-making (Tannen, 2003).
The answers revealed that the students often failed to convey appropriate levels of consideration, indirectness, and politeness.
Directness was operationalized as a dimensional judgment of indirectness (low rating) to demandingness (high rating).
Lucy's reluctance to state openly that she is that romantic little-girl is so extreme that even when she relates the instance of her own looking at the portrait, she has to frame it in the indirectness of a quoted soliloquy:
The politeness concept has been analyzed from different perspectives but the most common approach to verbal politeness, the one that the researchers followed in this present study, claims that linguistic indirectness through the use of euphemisms in Ekegusii dirges contributes to preserving the conventions of social tact and respect.