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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
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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nIndirektheit f
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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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