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ADJECTIVE (5)

1. having intervening factors or persons or influences;
- Example: "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"
- Example: "indirect evidence"
- Example: "an indirect cause"

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

3. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines;
- Example: "cousins are collateral relatives"
- Example: "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
[syn: collateral, indirect]

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

5. not as a direct effect or consequence;
- Example: "indirect benefits"
- Example: "an indirect advantage"

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Indirect \In`di*rect"\, a. [Pref. in- not + direct: cf. F. indirect.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] By what bypaths and indirect, crooked ways I met this crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive. [1913 Webster] Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or other. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] 5. (Logic & Math.) Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc. [1913 Webster] Indirect claims, claims for remote or consequential damage. Such claims were presented to and thrown out by the commissioners who arbitrated the damage inflicted on the United States by the Confederate States cruisers built and supplied by Great Britain. Indirect demonstration, a mode of demonstration in which proof is given by showing that any other supposition involves an absurdity (reductio ad absurdum), or an impossibility; thus, one quantity may be proved equal to another by showing that it can be neither greater nor less. Indirect discourse. (Gram.) See Direct discourse, under Direct. Indirect evidence, evidence or testimony which is circumstantial or inferential, but without witness; -- opposed to direct evidence. Indirect tax, a tax, such as customs, excises, etc., exacted directly from the merchant, but paid indirectly by the consumer in the higher price demanded for the articles of merchandise. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch, sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch. See Tangent, and cf. Task, Taste.] 1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government. [1913 Webster] A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like. Note: Taxes are annual or perpetual, direct or indirect, etc. [1913 Webster] (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses. [1913 Webster] 2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject. [1913 Webster] 3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health. [1913 Webster] 4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster] Tax cart, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

indirect adj 1: having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause" 2: 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" [ant: direct] 3: descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts" [syn: collateral, indirect] [ant: direct, lineal] 4: 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" [ant: direct] 5: not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

142 Moby Thesaurus words for "indirect": O-shaped, aberrant, aberrative, accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, adventitious, ambagious, amoral, ancillary, artful, backhand, backhanded, calculating, chiseling, circuitous, circular, circumambient, circumlocutional, circumlocutory, collateral, collusive, coming, conscienceless, contingent, corrupt, corrupted, covinous, crafty, criminal, crooked, cunning, dark, deceitful, deflectional, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, dishonest, dishonorable, divagational, divergent, doubtful, dubious, duplicitous, errant, erratic, evasive, eventual, excursive, false, falsehearted, felonious, finagling, final, fishy, fraudulent, furtive, guileful, helical, ill-got, ill-gotten, immoral, incidental, insidious, labyrinthine, last, left-handed, mazy, meandering, not kosher, oblique, orbital, out-of-the-way, periphrastic, planetary, questionable, rambling, rotary, rotten, round, roundabout, roving, scheming, secondary, serpentine, shady, shameless, sharp, shifting, shifty, side, sidelong, sinister, sinistral, sinuous, slippery, snaky, sneaking, sneaky, spiral, stray, subordinate, subsidiary, surreptitious, suspicious, swerving, tortuous, treacherous, trickish, tricky, turning, twisted, twisting, two-faced, ultimate, unconscienced, unconscientious, unconscionable, underhand, underhanded, undirected, unethical, unprincipled, unsavory, unscrupulous, unstraightforward, vagrant, veering, wandering, wily, winding, without remorse, without shame, zigzag