Meaning of “indirect” in the English Dictionary

"indirect" in British English

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indirectadjective

uk /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt/ /ˌɪn.dɪˈrekt/ us /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt/ /ˌɪn.dɪˈrekt/

(Definition of “indirect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"indirect" in American English

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indirectadjective

us /ˌɪn·dəˈrekt, ˌɪn·dɑɪ-/

indirect adjective (ADDITIONAL)

happening in addition to an intended result:

Several other people were hurt as an indirect result of his carelessness.

indirect adjective (NOT STRAIGHT)

not following a straight line, or not connected in a simple way:

an indirect route
Ransom thought the best approach in defending truth is the indirect one.

(Definition of “indirect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"indirect" in Business English

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indirectadjective

uk /ˌɪndɪˈrekt/ us

not done or communicated in a direct way:

We decided to take an indirect approach to tackling the problem of absenteeism.
He made only an indirect reference to what had happened at the meeting.

happening in addition to an intended result, often in a way that is complicated or not obvious:

This is the indirect effect of a bad business climate that discourages companies from expanding here.
Incentives can pay for themselves through jobs and indirect benefits to the local economy.
Here the deregulation affected the environment, but in a more indirect way.
indirectly
adverb /ˌɪndɪˈrektli/

Bosses were indirectly blamed for a stressful environment.

(Definition of “indirect” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)