What is the opposite of direct?

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Adjective
Opposite of honest or frank in nature
“While her response was quite cut-and-dried, some fans are still speculating the star is hiding her love life as evidenced by her indirect response to who her crush was.”
Adjective
(of a path) Opposite of in a straight line and, as a corollary, the shortest and quickest
“Drivers using the ramp will avoid having to take a circuitous route in order to reach the bridge off South Broadway.”
Adjective
(of a path) Opposite of having no stoppages or interruptions
“For some strange reason, the train took an indirect route that went through 180 cities.”
Adjective
Opposite of without intervening factors or intermediaries
Intermediary measures are needed for service issues like response times for security authorization requests and help desk calls.”
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Opposite of having direct or personal contact
“The child's mother lost custody when Monika was three and has had very limited contact with her since.”
Adjective
Opposite of corresponding with the original word for word
“This adherence may go along with a very broad or loose account of what the retributive theory is.”
Adjective
Opposite of absolute or significant in degree
“My view is that there is a partial truth in each standpoint, but that both are relative to an even more profound actuality that occupies a neutral position.”
Adjective
Opposite of denotes a proceeding from one point to another in the quickest manner and without interruption
“This will be an interrupted train ride with several stops along its route.”
Adjective
(of an organization or its activities) Opposite of having practices that are open and visible to the public
“The usually secretive agency is best known for its expertise in cybersecurity.”
Adjective
(attributive) Opposite of bearing a complete and unaltered version of
“Jonas has wasted our time by providing ambiguous responses to all of our questions.”
Adjective
Opposite of open, honest, and direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable matters
Adjective
Opposite of completed or done with efficiency and speed
“I deserve an overdue apology and demand to know what transpired 5 years ago!”
Adjective
Opposite of expressing something forcibly and clearly
Adjective
Opposite of plain or blunt
Adjective
Opposite of rather rude, curt or abrupt in speech or manner
Adjective
Opposite of direct, without intermediate stages
Adjective
Opposite of happening within an imperceptibly brief period of time
“According to the model, the Big Bang is followed by a period of slow expansion and gradual accumulation of dark energy.”
Adjective
(of a person) Opposite of stating something in a direct and unambiguous manner
“The film makes an implicit statement about our schizophrenic, debt-driven economy.”
Adjective
Opposite of easy to understand
“It is a complicated problem that will require a bit of mulling over.”
Verb
Opposite of to conduct or control the affairs of
“This was partly meant to convince the board that the new leaders were ready to manage or mismanage their own affairs.”
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Opposite of to give instructions
“The press should get things right, and not implicitly misinstruct the public.”
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Opposite of to point in a direction
“His dexterity as an archer is well known, but the sight of his boy before him might unnerve his arm, and misdirect his aim.”
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(direct at or to) Opposite of to intend a remark, comment or statement for
“Rather than openly stating her disagreement, she would remain silent about her reaction and keep her opinions to herself.”
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Opposite of to show the way
“The little girl with curly hair would follow her mother all the way back to their house.”
Verb
Opposite of to send, usually by mail
“My new home had a door with a slot in it where I would receive my mail.”
Verb
Opposite of to put (all of something) towards
“Brian finds out there are two separate pop tart instructions, in case he finds one too difficult, abandon all efforts on one, and get onto something a bit easier.”
Verb
Opposite of to direct or guide along a pathway
“The roadblocks were put in place to obstruct the flow of traffic in an area full of construction activity.”
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Opposite of to instruct or order (someone) to do something
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Opposite of to be in charge or command of
“Several specialists would serve in a team led by Danny Ocean who wanted to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time.”
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Opposite of to manage
“Many agents sell a bunch of houses, then spend all their time servicing those houses and neglect their business.”
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Opposite of to regulate the speed or amount of something given or administered
“Do not rush the amount of information that you provide to the learner at any one time.”
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Opposite of to command that something be done
“I ask that you reconsider your position on the verdict.”
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Opposite of to direct or guide along a pathway
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Opposite of to have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
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Opposite of to control by means of rules and regulations
Verb
Opposite of to give an authoritative or peremptory order
“I wondered why he would ask me to take out the rubbish when he himself had nothing else on his agenda.”
Verb
Opposite of to throw or launch something in a given direction with force
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Opposite of to take, or be in, charge of
“As with the Italian condottiere, they were willing to serve any master with whom their chief could make satisfactory arrangements.”
Verb
Opposite of to obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect, complicated or intensive efforts
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
Verb
Opposite of to scheme or plot, typically in a manipulative or deceitful manner
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Opposite of to exploit or use something to one's advantage
“As humans adapt to their environment, and as they change to meet new challenges posed by their constantly changing environments, their cultures change and evolve.”
Verb
Opposite of to throw or launch something in a given direction
“He can catch the ball in traffic as well as anyone in the league, and he's lethal after the catch.”
Verb
Opposite of to direct one's attention or focus on a particular object or activity
“Go out and get yourself indulged in activities that can divert your energy away from obsessive thoughts.”
Adverb
Opposite of directly or in a straight line
“The taxi drove us indirectly to the airport, stopping multiple times to pick up extra passengers.”
Adverb
Opposite of without an intermediary
“Services are paid intermediately through an agent.”
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