Antonyms of adj indirect

5 senses of indirect

Sense 1
indirect -- (having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause")

INDIRECT (VIA mediate) -> immediate -- (having no intervening medium; "an immediate influence")

Sense 2
indirect (vs. direct) -- (not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing")

direct (vs. indirect) -- (direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit")
        => door-to-door -- ((of e.g. journeys or deliveries) direct from point of origin to point of destination ; "the limousine offers door-to-door service")
        => nonstop -- ((of a journey especially a flight) occurring without stops; "a nonstop flight to Atlanta")
        => point-blank -- (close enough to go straight to the target; "point-blank range"; "a point-blank shot")
        => straightforward -- (pointed directly ahead; "a straightforward gaze")
        => undeviating, unswerving -- (going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside; "some people see evolution as an undeviating upward march from simple organisms to the very complex"; "a straight and narrow tree-lined road unswerving across the lowlands")
        => through (prenominal) -- ((of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes; "a through street"; "a through bus"; "through traffic")

Sense 3
collateral (vs. lineal), indirect -- (descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts")


Sense 4
indirect (vs. direct) -- (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow")

direct (vs. indirect) -- (straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach")
        => bluff -- (bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured; "a bluff but pleasant manner"; "a bluff and rugged natural leader")
        => blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder -- (characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation")
        => brutal -- (disagreeably direct and precise; "he spoke with brutal honesty")
        => flat-footed -- (without reservation; "a flat-footed refusal")
        => man-to-man -- (forthright and honest; "had a man-to-man talk about the facts of life")
        => no-nonsense -- (not tolerating irrelevancies; "the no-nonsense tones of a stern parent")
        => plain, unvarnished -- (free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children")
        => pointed -- (direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant; "a pointed critique"; "a pointed allusion to what was going on"; "another pointed look in their direction")
        => square (prenominal), straightforward, straight -- (without evasion or compromise; "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears")
        => upfront -- (frank and honest; "he was upfront about his intentions")

Sense 5
indirect -- (not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage")

INDIRECT (VIA secondary) -> primary -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")

Similarity of adj indirect

5 senses of indirect

Sense 1
indirect -- (having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause")
       => mediate (vs. immediate) -- (acting through or dependent on an intervening agency; "the disease spread by mediate as well as direct contact")

Sense 2
indirect (vs. direct) -- (not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing")
       => askance, askant, asquint, squint, squint-eyed, squinty, sidelong -- ((used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy; "her eyes with their misted askance look"- Elizabeth Bowen; "sidelong glances")
       => devious, circuitous, roundabout -- (deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic")
       => diversionary -- ((of tactics e.g.) likely or designed to confuse or deceive)
       => meandering (prenominal), rambling, wandering (prenominal), winding -- (of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road")
          Also See-> crooked#1

Sense 3
collateral (vs. lineal), indirect -- (descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts")
          Also See-> related#2

Sense 4
indirect (vs. direct) -- (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow")
       => allusive -- (characterized by indirect references; "allusive speech is characterized by allusions")
       => backhanded -- (roundabout or ambiguous; "attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"; "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal")
       => circuitous, roundabout -- (marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend")
       => circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious -- (roundabout and unnecessarily wordy; "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression"; "A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic))
       => devious, oblique -- (indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; "used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers")
       => digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling -- ((of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects; "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things"; "a rambling discursive book"; "his excursive remarks"; "a rambling speech about this and that")
       => hearsay -- (heard through another rather than directly; "hearsay information")
       => mealymouthed, mealy-mouthed -- (hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy; "a mealymouthed politician")
       => tortuous -- (not straightforward; "his tortuous reasoning")

Sense 5
indirect -- (not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage")
       => secondary (vs. primary) -- (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams")

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