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Dictionary definition for: Oblique

1. (n) any grammatical case other than the nominative

2. (a) slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angular; "the oblique rays of the winter sun" "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles" "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its bas

3. (n) a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso

4. (s) indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; "used devious means to achieve success" "gave oblique answers to direct questions" "oblique political maneuvers"

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