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indirect

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt/ /-dɪ-/ us  

indirect adjective (NOT OBVIOUS)

C2 happening in addition to an intended result, often in a way that is complicated or not obvious: The benefits from pure research are often indirect. Indirect effects of the fighting include disease and food shortages. avoiding clearly mentioning or saying something: indirect criticism

indirect adjective (NOT STRAIGHT)

C1 not following a straight line, or not directly or simply connected: to take an indirect route/flight
indirectly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
C1 She still controls the company indirectly through her son, who is the managing director.
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