Pronunciation: (in"du-rekt', -dī-),[key] —adj. 1. not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in sailing. 2. coming or resulting otherwise than directly or immediately, as effects or consequences: an indirect advantage. 3. not direct in action or procedure: His methods are indirect but not dishonest. 4. not straightforward; devious; deceitful: He is known as a shady, indirect fellow. 5. not direct in bearing, application, force, etc.: indirect evidence. 6. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of indirect discourse: an indirect quote. 7. not descending in a direct line of succession, as a title or inheritance.