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1. [a] not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "must take an indirect couse in sailing"

2. [a] 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

3. [s] having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"

4. [a] descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

5. [s] not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"

similar words

1. [s] askance

2. [s] askant

3. [s] asquint

4. [s] squint

5. [s] squint-eyed

6. [s] squinty

7. [s] sidelong

8. [s] devious

9. [s] circuitous

10. [s] roundabout

11. [s] diversionary

12. [s] meandering(a)

13. [s] rambling

14. [s] wandering(a)

15. [s] winding

16. [s] allusive

17. [s] backhanded

18. [s] circuitous

19. [s] roundabout

20. [s] circumlocutious

21. [s] circumlocutory

22. [s] periphrastic

23. [s] ambagious

24. [s] devious

25. [s] oblique

26. [s] digressive

27. [s] discursive

28. [s] excursive

29. [s] rambling

30. [s] hearsay

31. [s] mealymouthed

32. [s] mealy-mouthed

33. [s] tortuous

34. [a] mediate

35. [a] secondary

opposite words

1. [a] direct

2. [a] direct

3. [a] lineal

4. [a] direct

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