Learner's definition of INDIRECT
1 [more indirect; most indirect] : not direct: such as a : not going straight from one point to another b : not said or done in a clear and direct way
c : not having a clear and direct connection
He gave only vague, indirect answers to our questions.
They used indirect methods of investigation.
There were many indirect references to his earlier books.
Looking at her watch was her indirect way of telling him it was time to leave.
2 grammar : stating what an original speaker said without exactly quoting the words
“He said that he would call later,” is an example of indirect speech/discourse since his actual words were “I'll call later.”
an indirect question such as “She asked whether the doctor had arrived”
an indirect quotation
— indirectlyadverb,[more indirectly; most indirectly]