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English definition of “indirect”

indirect

adjective     /ˌɪndɪˈrekt/
NOT CONNECTED not directly caused by or connected with something: Indirect effects of the fighting include disease and food shortages .ComplexityDifficult to understand
NOT OBVIOUS hidden , or not taken or given in a way that is obvious : indirect taxes / costs an indirect criticism ComplexityDifficult to understand
NOT STRAIGHT not going straight from one place or person to another: an indirect route ComplexityDifficult to understand
indirectly adverb
(Definition of indirect adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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