Definition of indirect adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪndəˈrekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndəˈrekt//
    ; BrE BrE//ˌɪndaɪˈrekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndaɪˈrekt//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1  happening not as the main aim, cause or result of a particular action, but in addition to it the indirect effects of the war to find something out by indirect methods The building collapsed as an indirect result of the heavy rain. There would be some benefit, however indirect, to the state. indirect costs (= costs that are not directly connected with making a product, for example training, heating, rent, etc.)
  2. 2  avoiding saying something in a clear and obvious way an indirect attack
  3. 3  not going in a straight line an indirect route The plant prefers indirect sunlight.
  4. opposite direct
    Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘not in full grammatical concord’): from medieval Latin indirectus, from in- ‘not’ + directus (past participle of dirigere, from di- ‘distinctly’ or de- ‘down’ + regere ‘put straight’).
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