indirect expression

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Noun1.indirect expression - an indirect way of expressing something
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
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Was the old man's thoughtful offer of hospitality another indirect expression of the natural human distress which he perversely concealed?
It was not quite unintentionally that Philip had wandered into this song, which might be an indirect expression to Maggie of what he could not prevail on himself to say to her directly.
For example, the Net Promoter Score (NPS) quantifies in a single number the users general willingness to promote the service provider, which is an indirect expression of their level of satisfaction and loyalty.
For these purposes, this study developed an indirect expression retrieval system for biomedical terms equipped with word-based weighting modules as well as PAT-based indexing approaches.
In an indirect expression of concern about the well- being of the men, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said there was "no safety in captivity".
The solution to this problem and a host of others is actually to be found in an unused section of the Oregon Constitution, Section 16 of Article II: "Provision may be made by law for the voter's direct or indirect expression of his first, second or additional choices among the candidates for any office.
Lyn Merrington follows the themes of Mallarme into the art of Carol Rudyard who also enjoyed the obscurity of indirect expression.
However, indirectness and politeness are not always related, since one might easily find examples of indirect expressions (invitations, requests, refusals etc.