from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Diverging from a direct course; roundabout.
- adj. Not proceeding straight to the point or object.
- adj. Not forthright and candid; devious.
- adj. Not directly planned for; secondary: indirect benefits.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Logic Involving, relating to, or being the proof of a statement by the demonstration of the impossibility or absurdity of the statement's negation.
- adj. Sports Being a free kick in soccer by which a goal cannot be scored without the ball being touched by a second player.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous.
- adj. Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or consequentially; by remote means.
- adj. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.
- adj. Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or less remotely connected with or growing out of it.
- adj. Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not direct in space; deviating from a straight line; devious; circuitous: as, an indirect course in sailing.
- Not direct in succession or descent; not lineal; of irregular derivation; out of direct line from the prime source or origin: as, indirect descent or inheritance; an indirect claim; indirect information.
- Not direct in relation or connection; not having an immediate bearing or application; not related in the natural way; oblique; incidental; inferential: as, an indirect answer; an indirect effect; indirect taxes.
- Not direct in action or procedure; not in the usual course; not straightforward; not fair and open; equivocal: as, indirect means of accomplishing an object.
- Unfair, dishonest, dishonorable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
- adj. not as a direct effect or consequence
- adj. having intervening factors or persons or influences
- adj. not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
- adj. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
From in- + direct (Wiktionary)