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Dictionary definition for: Indirect

1. (s) having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light" "indirect evidence" "an indirect cause"

2. (a) not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time" "must take an indirect couse in sailing"

3. (a) descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives" "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

4. (a) extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries" "an indirect insult" "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind" "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest" "known

5. (s) not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits" "an indirect advantage"

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