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

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Wiktionary5.0 / 1 vote

  1. indirectadjective


  2. indirectadjective


Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. indirectadjective

    roundabout, circuitous, tortuous

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  1. Abdulqader Hwaili:

    The talks in Geneva will be indirect because the two sides do not recognize each other, if there will be chance to hold direct talks, that will depend on the first round.

  2. Madeha Abdullah:

    They wage different wars, there is direct war through confiscation and censorship. There is an indirect siege on the paper's resources.

  3. Joseph Dunford:

    We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit, frankly, 'indirect' may be not a full characterization of the way it really is, it is more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military.

  4. Idit Lev-Zerahia:

    We have tried to receive the data from authorities. We tried in various ways, direct and indirect, but we didn't get it, we are now renewing our efforts.

  5. The Teachings of Ebenezum, Volume VIII:

    A wizard cannot do everything; a fact most magicians are reticent to admit, let alone discuss with prospective clients. Still, the fact remains that there are certain objects, and people, that are, for one reason or another, completely immune to any direct magical spell. It is for this group of beings that the magician learns the subtleties of using indirect spells. It also does no harm, in dealing with these matters, to carry a large club near your person at all times.

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