Not direct; roundabout.
(transitive) To misdirect; mislead.
(finance) An indirect cost.
To access by means of indirection; to dereference.
To misdirect; to mislead.
‘who make false fires to undirect seamen in a tempest.’;
Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect accusation, attack, answer, or proposal.
‘By what bypaths and indirect, crooked waysI met this crown.’;
Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.
‘Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or other.’;
Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as, indirect results, damages, or claims.
Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc.
having intervening factors or persons or influences;
‘reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light’; ‘indirect evidence’; ‘an indirect cause’;
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’;
descended from a common ancestor but through different lines;
‘cousins are collateral relatives’; ‘an indirect descendant of the Stuarts’;
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 as a shady indirect fellow’;
not as a direct effect or consequence;
‘indirect benefits’; ‘an indirect advantage’;