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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 ...


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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'.
References in classic literature ?
You want to know something about him," she added, not choosing to indulge Rosamond's indirectness.
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.
The [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (11 360) notes also that in Bulgarian the marking of indirectness in the pre sent, perfect, and in the future is facultative.
Sulev Iva showed in his report "Expression of Indirectness in the Voru Language" (to be published in the conference proceedings) that in certain word types the language tries to keep the v-marked oblique mood also formally separated from the present participle.
After all, before coming to the States, he received three years of English courses, followed by three years in American high schools that enriched his linguistic repertoire and helped him get rid of common ESL writing weaknesses, such as tense, articles, and indirectness.
Tough Talk: Indirectness and Gender in Requests for Information.
A corollary of this would be a rhetorical effect that involves qualities of indirectness and, as a consequence, objectivity.
One of the most important traditional values in Hawaiian communication is indirectness.
volubility, indirectness, interruption, topic raising and adversativeness) which may "be taken to "mean" power or powerlessness, domination or subjugation".
These specific strategies are characterized with varying degrees of directness or indirectness.
But although these strategies have been investigated in many languages, they have remained untouched in some other languages and cultures (see Haugh, Importance; Felix-Brasdefer, Indirectness, Linguistic).
Their "characteristic features in the novel" are "almost always the presence of third-person pronouns and past tense, which correspond with the form of narrative report and indicate indirectness, along with a number of features both positive and negative indicating freeness" (325).