in·di·rect / ˌindəˈrekt/ • adj. 1. not directly caused by or resulting from something: full employment would have an indirect effect on wage levels. ∎ not done directly; conducted through intermediaries: the nature of the threat can be pieced together only from indirect evidence. ∎ (of costs) deriving from overhead charges or subsidiary work. ∎ (of taxation) levied on goods and services rather than income or profits. 2. (of a route) not straight; not following the shortest way. ∎ (of lighting) from a concealed source and diffusely reflected. ∎ Soccer denoting a free kick from which a goal may not be scored directly. 3. avoiding direct mention or exposition of a subject: an indirect attack on the Senator. DERIVATIVES: in·di·rect·ly adv. in·di·rect·ness n.