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indirect

in·di·rect

indirect

 
 
pronunciation:
In d rekt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not in a straight line, course, or route.
I took an indirect route home so that I could stop and see the foal.
antonyms:
direct
definition 2: caused by something, but not directly.
There were some indirect benefits from the accident.
definition 3: not direct; avoiding stating the truth.
When I asked Mira why she was late, she gave me an indirect reply.
antonyms:
direct, straight
derivations: indirectly (adv.), indirectness (n.)
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in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.