Definition of indirectly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪndəˈrektli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndəˈrektli//
    ; BrE BrE//ˌɪndaɪˈrektli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndaɪˈrektli//
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  1. 1not as the main aim, cause or result of something, but in addition to it; not in a direct line or manner The new law will affect us all, directly or indirectly. We heard about the meeting indirectly. They communicated indirectly through a mutual friend.
  2. 2in a way that is not clear or obvious Obama was referring indirectly to his predecessor, George W. Bush.
  3. opposite directly