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 for indirect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indirect \In`di*rect"\, a. [Pref. in- not + direct: cf. F.
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     1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a
        direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
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     2. Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest
        course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or
        consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect
        accusation, attack, answer, or proposal.
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              By what bypaths and indirect, crooked ways
              I met this crown.                     --Shak.
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     3. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending
        to mislead or deceive.
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              Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or
              other.                                --Tillotson.
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     4. Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or
        less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as,
        indirect results, damages, or claims.
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     5. (Logic & Math.) Not reaching the end aimed at by the most
        plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof,
        demonstration, etc.
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     Indirect claims, claims for remote or consequential damage.
        Such claims were presented to and thrown out by the
        commissioners who arbitrated the damage inflicted on the
        United States by the Confederate States cruisers built and
        supplied by Great Britain.
     Indirect demonstration, a mode of demonstration in which
        proof is given by showing that any other supposition
        involves an absurdity (reductio ad absurdum), or an
        impossibility; thus, one quantity may be proved equal to
        another by showing that it can be neither greater nor
     Indirect discourse. (Gram.) See Direct discourse, under
     Indirect evidence, evidence or testimony which is
        circumstantial or inferential, but without witness; --
        opposed to direct evidence.
     Indirect tax, a tax, such as customs, excises, etc.,
        exacted directly from the merchant, but paid indirectly by
        the consumer in the higher price demanded for the articles
        of merchandise.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch,
     sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr.
     tangere, tactum, to touch. See Tangent, and cf. Task,
     1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed
        by authority. Specifically: 
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        (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for
            the support of a government.
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                  A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors,
                  proverbially the most rapacious.  --Macaulay.
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        (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon
            polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a
            window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.
     Note: Taxes are annual or perpetual, direct or
           indirect, etc.
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        (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society
            to defray its expenses.
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     2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a
        contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed
        upon a subject.
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     3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy
        tax on time or health.
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     4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
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     5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.
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     Tax cart, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]
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     Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate;
          assessment; exaction; custom; demand.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having intervening factors or persons or influences;
             "reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect
             light"; "indirect evidence"; "an indirect cause"
      2: 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" [ant: direct]
      3: descended from a common ancestor but through different lines;
         "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant
         of the Stuarts" [syn: collateral, indirect] [ant:
         direct, lineal]
      4: 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" [ant:
      5: not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits";
         "an indirect advantage"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "indirect":
     O-shaped, aberrant, aberrative, accessory, accidental, additional,
     adscititious, adventitious, ambagious, amoral, ancillary, artful,
     backhand, backhanded, calculating, chiseling, circuitous, circular,
     circumambient, circumlocutional, circumlocutory, collateral,
     collusive, coming, conscienceless, contingent, corrupt, corrupted,
     covinous, crafty, criminal, crooked, cunning, dark, deceitful,
     deflectional, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviative,
     deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, dishonest,
     dishonorable, divagational, divergent, doubtful, dubious,
     duplicitous, errant, erratic, evasive, eventual, excursive, false,
     falsehearted, felonious, finagling, final, fishy, fraudulent,
     furtive, guileful, helical, ill-got, ill-gotten, immoral,
     incidental, insidious, labyrinthine, last, left-handed, mazy,
     meandering, not kosher, oblique, orbital, out-of-the-way,
     periphrastic, planetary, questionable, rambling, rotary, rotten,
     round, roundabout, roving, scheming, secondary, serpentine, shady,
     shameless, sharp, shifting, shifty, side, sidelong, sinister,
     sinistral, sinuous, slippery, snaky, sneaking, sneaky, spiral,
     stray, subordinate, subsidiary, surreptitious, suspicious,
     swerving, tortuous, treacherous, trickish, tricky, turning,
     twisted, twisting, two-faced, ultimate, unconscienced,
     unconscientious, unconscionable, underhand, underhanded,
     undirected, unethical, unprincipled, unsavory, unscrupulous,
     unstraightforward, vagrant, veering, wandering, wily, winding,
     without remorse, without shame, zigzag

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