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Indirect, 1) not tending to a purpose by the plainest course and the most obvious means, but in a circuitous and second-hand way: “that by direct or i. attempts he seek the life of any citizen,” Merch. IV, 1, 350. (R3 I, 4, 224?).
2) wrong, unfair, lawless: “till he hath ta'en thy life by some i. means or other,” As I, 1, 159. “though i., yet indirection thereby grows direct,” John III, 1, 275. “his title, the which we find too i. for long continuance,” H4A IV, 3, 105. “by what by-paths and i. crooked ways I met this crown,” H4B IV, 5, 185. “he needs no i. nor lawless course to cut off those,” R3 I, 4, 224. “what an i. and peevish course is this of hers,” III, 1, 31. “did you by i. and forced courses subdue and poison this young maid's affections?” Oth. I, 3, 111.
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