[adj] not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "must take an indirect couse in sailing"
[adj] 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"
[adj] having intervening factors or persons or influences; "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"
[adj] descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
[adj] not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage"
allusive, ambagious, askance, askant, asquint, backhanded, circuitous, circumlocutious, circumlocutory, collateral, devious, digressive, discursive, diversionary, excursive, hearsay, mealymouthed, mealy-mouthed, meandering(a), mediate, oblique, periphrast