1 adj An indirect result or effect is not caused immediately and obviously by a thing or person, but happens because of something else that they have done.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: direct)
Businesses are feeling the indirect effects from the recession that's going on elsewhere...
indirectly adv usu ADV adj, ADV with v, also ADV with cl
Drugs are indirectly responsible for the violence...
2 adj An indirect route or journey does not use the shortest or easiest way between two places., (Antonym: direct)
The goods went by a rather indirect route.
3 adj Indirect remarks and information suggest something or refer to it, without actually mentioning it or stating it clearly. His remarks amounted to an indirect appeal for economic aid...
indirectly adv ADV with v He referred indirectly to the territorial dispute.
Indirect discourse is the same as indirect speech.
indirect object ( indirect objects plural ) An indirect object is an object which is used with a transitive verb to indicate who benefits from an action or gets something as a result. For example, in `She gave him her address', `him' is the indirect object. Compare direct object. n-count
indirect question ( indirect questions plural ) An indirect question is the same as a reported question.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
Indirect speech is speech which tells you what someone said, but does not use the person's actual words: for example, `They said you didn't like it', `I asked him what his plans were', and `Citizens complained about the smoke'.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
in AM, usually use indirect discourse
indirect tax ( indirect taxes plural ) An indirect tax is a tax on goods and services which is added to their price. Compare direct tax. n-count
Indirect taxation is a system in which a government raises money by means of indirect taxes. n-uncount