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in·di·rec·tion

 (ĭn′dĭ-rĕk′shən, -dī-)
n.
1. The quality or state of being indirect.
2.
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.
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indirection

(ˌɪndɪˈrɛkʃən)
n
1. indirect procedure, courses, or methods
2. lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
3. indirect dealing; deceit
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in•di•rec•tion

(ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-)

n.
1. indirect action or procedure.
2. a roundabout course or method.
3. a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness.
4. deceitful or dishonest dealing.
[1585–95]
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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
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indirection

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