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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.
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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"
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عَدَم مُباشَرَه
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[ˌɪndɪˈrektnɪs] Ncarácter m indirecto
the indirectness of his reply made it difficult tosu respuesta era tan evasiva or velada que era difícil ...
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(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'.
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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." A man's gifts are not given him for nothing, and the man who has the great gift of dramatic fiction has no right to cast it away or to let it rust out in disuse.
He was reasoning against the desire, which had returned with intensity, to take her in his arms; to have done with indirectness; to explain exactly what he felt.
"You want to know something about him," she added, not choosing to indulge Rosamond's indirectness.
property follows from its indirectness. But this means that exclusive
The principle feature of Antonioni's style as a film-maker is his indirectness and subtlety.
Both self- and other-referencing question frames embody indirectness and reduce the level of coercion encoded in the question.
A valid measuring instrument is one for which the variations in the indicated values are correlated with variations in the variable being measured and for which a calibration between the two has been established; the indirectness of the mediation between the variable being measured and the indicator is not an issue.
Latin Americans, generally speaking, prefer indirectness and deference: It will take you a while to get around to questions such as "Did you abscond with the funds, Mr.
Before mentioning them we should note their common spirit of indirectness. Rational control does not care to reason with you.
In particular, the characteristic indirectness of the Greek dramatic form--significant action happening offstage but reported in long monologues by messengers--clashes with the literalism of the present-day setting (though Peter Hanly dispatches his messenger duties with sensitivity and conviction).
On the other hand, terrorism may be distinguished from other modes of violent coercion (warfare) by the indirectness of its agency.
The invitation here is to observe the directness, the truth, and the level of skill in the interaction verses poor habits of communication, like gossip, backbiting, and indirectness.