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Synonyms for indirect
ˌɪn dəˈrɛkt, -daɪ-in·di·rect

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  1. indirectadjective


  2. indirectadjective


Princeton's WordNet

  1. indirectadjective

    having intervening factors or persons or influences

    "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"


    forthright, straight, no-nonsense, point-blank, man-to-man, frank, unvarnished, direct, straight-from-the-shoulder, outspoken, primary, through(a), flat-footed, free-spoken, nonstop, undeviating, pointed, straightforward, blunt, brutal, immediate, bluff, unswerving, upfront, candid, door-to-door, plainspoken, plain, square(a)

  2. indirectadjective

    not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

    "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"


    point-blank, pointed, blunt, free-spoken, primary, unvarnished, man-to-man, plainspoken, square(a), direct, outspoken, upfront, straightforward, bluff, frank, brutal, flat-footed, forthright, plain, door-to-door, straight-from-the-shoulder, immediate, unswerving, through(a), candid, undeviating, nonstop, no-nonsense, straight

  3. collateral, indirectadjective

    descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

    "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

    confirmatory, verificatory, confirming, validatory, collateral, corroborative, substantiating, confirmative, substantiative, corroboratory, validating, verifying

    brutal, candid, unvarnished, direct, primary, immediate, man-to-man, straightforward, undeviating, plainspoken, frank, door-to-door, through(a), straight-from-the-shoulder, straight, free-spoken, point-blank, plain, bluff, nonstop, flat-footed, no-nonsense, forthright, upfront, pointed, unswerving, blunt, outspoken, square(a)

  4. indirectadjective

    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"


    direct, straightforward, through(a), frank, unswerving, candid, straight, primary, pointed, no-nonsense, outspoken, forthright, upfront, nonstop, point-blank, free-spoken, straight-from-the-shoulder, immediate, plainspoken, brutal, square(a), flat-footed, plain, door-to-door, undeviating, unvarnished, bluff, man-to-man, blunt

  5. indirectadjective

    not as a direct effect or consequence

    "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"


    forthright, frank, upfront, through(a), outspoken, free-spoken, plainspoken, straight, unvarnished, point-blank, direct, man-to-man, nonstop, straightforward, square(a), no-nonsense, undeviating, plain, flat-footed, bluff, pointed, straight-from-the-shoulder, immediate, door-to-door, unswerving, candid, blunt, primary, brutal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. indirectadjective

    circuitous, tortuous, not straight, not direct, not rectilinear

  2. indirectadjective

    roundabout, oblique, collateral, not directly to the point

  3. indirectadjective

    unfair, dishonest, dishonorable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. indirectadjective

    roundabout, circuitous, tortuous

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How to use indirect in a sentence?

  1. May Nour:

    What are the direct and indirect medical costs as a result of somebody who’s unable to care for themselves, unable to participate in the work field, the health insurance costs for the rest of that person’s life.

  2. Alain Di Crescenzo:

    Halving activity equates to 40,000 direct jobs locally and the same again for indirect jobs.

  3. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso:

    There are Japanese companies that supply parts to Huawei, and supply chains are intertwined in complex ways, through such supply chains, there could be direct and indirect effects on Japan.

  4. Nisha Jhalani:

    Electrocardiography, or ECG, involves placing electrodes on the skin surface to measure electrical impulses generated by the heart muscle itself. The LED technology used in fitness trackers is an indirect measurement looking at the changes in light reflection through the skin during each heartbeat.

  5. Baland Jalal:

    Exposure therapy can be very stressful and so is not always effective or even feasible for many patients, if you can provide an indirect treatment that's reasonably realistic, where you contaminate a rubber hand instead of a real hand, this might provide a bridge that will allow more people to tolerate exposure therapy or even replace (it) altogether.

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