Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being indirect.
  • n. Lack of straightforwardness; deviousness: obtained their goal by subtle indirection.
  • n. A devious act or statement: wouldn't give us a straight answer, only hints and indirections.
  • n. Lack of direction; aimlessness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lack of direction; deviousness or aimlessness
  • n. Use of a variable or object through its address
  • n. An indirect action or process.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Oblique course or means; dishonest practices; indirectness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Oblique or irregular course or means; unfair or deceitful action or proceeding; indirectness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deceitful action that is not straightforward
  • n. indirect procedure or action

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Examples

  • And one of the things this book does very well, in its interstices, by indirection, is talk about how that sea-change came about.

    he said my god they're going to bomb us from their vicious flying llamas

  • This novel is an ambitious experiment in indirection by the author of Breakfast on Pluto.

    Irish Psycho

  • THE PRESIDENT: Well, since 1991, our strategy has been to keep the sanctions on, keep Iraq from rebuilding its military might and threatening its neighbors, but to pursue this inspection system to end what is the biggest threat both to its neighbors and to others by indirection, which is the chemical, the biological, and the nuclear weapons program.

    Statement On Iraq And Q A

  • It is strong evidence in favor of a direct and literal Creation; but it furnishes this evidence by indirection, that is, by demolishing the only alternative or rival of

    Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation

  • Scott suggested using the familiar Hollywood strategy of "indirection" to portray Ginny as "a B-girl, working in a barroom."

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

  • The important thing about a mix tape was that it let you say things that it provided a kind of indirection -- a way of saying things that you might not otherwise be able to say in a face-to-face conversation (instant messaging may be like that today).

    Boing Boing

  • There's no doubt who he's talking about-but do voters respond to this kind of indirection?

    The Obama Challenge

  • Another kind of indirection that is very interesting is that of a boy who ostensibly is talking to one, but everything which he is saying is intended for another.

    A Preliminary Study of the Emotion of Love between the Sexes

  • The same narrow views of the interest of princes and of states governed them all: they seem to have believed that the right and the expedient were constantly opposed to each other; in the intercourses of public men they thought that nothing was more carefully to be shunned than plain speaking and direct dealings, and in these functionaries they regarded the use of every kind of "indirection" as allowable, because absolutely essential to the great end of serving their country.

    Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth

  • I guess the operating theory, such as it exists, is that having one or more levels of indirection, so as to make the effort look more “grass roots” like, is good. fostert says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Breitbart on Podesta

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