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From Middle French indirect, from Late Latin indirectus



indirect (comparative more indirect, superlative most indirect)

  1. Not direct; roundabout.
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 8, in The Myth of Mental Illness[1], →ISBN, page 139-140:
      Indirect messages permit communicative contacts when, without them, the alternatives would be total inhibition, silence, and solitude on the one hand, or, on the other, communicative behavior that is direct, offensive, and hence forbidden. This is a painful choice. In actual practice, neither alternative is likely to result in the gratification of personal or sexual needs. In this dilemma, indirect communications provide a useful compromise. As an early move in the dating game, the young man might invite the young woman to dinner or to the movies.


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indirect (plural indirects)

  1. (finance) An indirect cost.
    • 2002, Peter Watermeyer, Handbook for Process Plant Project Engineers:
      In the case of a piece of equipment such as a pump, the supplier's costs may be broken down into the directs of labour, material, and component costs on the one hand, and the indirects of customized engineering, sales, factory overheads, and order management costs on the other.
    • 2010, Anna M. Gil-Lafuente and José M. Merigó (editos), Computational Intelligence in Business and Economics
      Gradually analytical thinking was taking a greater awareness of the importance it took for all the investigation system of the possible identification or traceability of fixed costs and, in general, of the indirects of other times.


indirect (third-person singular simple present indirects, present participle indirecting, simple past and past participle indirected)

  1. (programming, transitive) To access by means of indirection; to dereference.
    • 1997, Cay S. Horstmann, Practical Object-Oriented Development in C++ and Java (page 385)
      The X operations access the data fields by indirecting through the _rep pointer.
    • 2012, Geerd-R. Hoffmann, ‎Dimitris K. Maretis, The Dawn of Massively Parallel Processing in Meteorology
      These correspond to an indirected parallel write and an indirected parallel read operation respectively.




From in- +‎ direct.



indirect (feminine singular indirecte, masculine plural indirects, feminine plural indirectes)

  1. indirect

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