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Synonyms of 'indirect'

(adjective) 
Definition
done or caused by someone or something else
They are feeling the indirect effects of the recession elsewhere.
Synonyms
related
equipment and accessories for diving and related activities
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accompanying
She was in an accompanying car driven by a friend.
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secondary
There was evidence of secondary tumours.
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subsidiary
a subsidiary position
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incidental
At the bottom of the bill were various incidental expenses.
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unintended
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ancillary
Ancillary services like cleaning are put up for competitive tender.
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concomitant
New methods had to be learnt, with concomitant delays in production.
(adjective) 
Definition
not going in a direct course or line
The goods went by a rather indirect route.
Synonyms
circuitous
They were taken on a circuitous route home.
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winding
a long and winding road
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roundabout
a roundabout route
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curving
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rambling
He wrote a rambling letter to his wife.
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deviant (old-fashioned)
social reactions to deviant and criminal behaviour
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meandering
We crossed a meandering stream.
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tortuous
long and tortuous negotiations
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circumlocutory
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devious
He followed a devious route.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
not coming straight to the point
Her remarks amounted to an indirect appeal for aid.
Synonyms
oblique
It was an oblique reference to his time in prison.
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implied
She felt undermined by the implied criticism.
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roundabout
indirect or roundabout language
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backhanded
In a backhanded way, he raises yet another objection.
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evasive
He was evasive about the circumstances of their first meeting.
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circuitous
He has a pedantic and circuitous writing style.
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sidelong
She gave him a quick sidelong glance.
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circumlocutory
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of accompanying
She was in an accompanying car driven by a friend.
in the sense of ancillary
Definition
used as an extra or supplement
Ancillary services like cleaning are put up for competitive tender.
in the sense of backhanded
In a backhanded way, he raises yet another objection.

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