Indirect vs Suggested - What's the difference?

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Indirect is a related term of suggested.

As an adjective indirect

is not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.

As a verb suggested is





(en adjective)
  • Not direct; roundabout; deceiving; setting a trap; confusing.
  • * '>citation
  • Indirect' messages permit communicative contacts when,
    without them, the alternatives would be total inhibition, si-
    lence, and solitude on the one hand, or, on the other, com-
    municative behavior that is direct, offensive, and hence
    forbidden. This is a painful choice. In actual practice, neither
    alternative is likely to result in the gratification of personal or
    sexual needs. In this dilemma, '
    communications pro-
    vide a useful compromise. As an early move in the dating
    game, the young man might invite the young woman to dinner
    or to the movies. These communications are polyvalent: both
    the invitation and the response to it have several "levels" of
    meaning. One is the level of the overt message—that is,
    whether they will have dinner together, go to a movie, and so
    forth. Another, more covert, level pertains to the question of
    sexual activity: acceptance of the dinner invitation implies
    that sexual overtures might perhaps follow. Conversely, rejec-
    tion of the invitation means not only refusal of companionship
    for dinner but also of the possibility of further sexual explora-
    tion. There may be still other levels of meaning. For example,
    acceptance of the dinner invitation may be interpreted as a
    sign of personal or sexual worth and hence grounds for
    increased self-esteem, whereas its rejection may mean the
    opposite and generate feelings of worthlessness.


    * direct

    Derived terms

    * indirect speech * indirect object




  • (suggest)

  • suggest



    (en verb)
  • To imply but stop short of saying explicitly.
  • * (John Locke)
  • Some ideas are suggested to the mind by all the ways of sensation and reflection.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 14, author=Angelique Chrisafis, work=Guardian
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  • To make one suppose; cause one to suppose (something).
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 24, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3 , passage=In the abstract, Stuhlbarg’s twinkly-eyed sidekick suggests Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2 by way of late-period Robin Williams with an alien twist, but Stuhlbarg makes a character that easily could have come across as precious into a surprisingly palatable, even charming man.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-16, author= Sarah Boseley
  • , volume=189, issue=10, page=15, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Children shun vegetables and fruit , passage=The [British Heart Foundation's] data […] suggests there has been little improvement in eating, drinking and exercise habits in spite of the concern about obesity and the launch of the government's child measurement programme, which warns parents if their children are overweight. About a third of under-16s across the UK are either overweight or obese.}}
  • To ask for without demanding.
  • To recommend.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • (obsolete) To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested .

    Usage notes

    * (ask for without demanding) This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (the form ending in -ing ). See


    * (imply but stop short of saying explicitly) allude, hint, imply, insinuate * (ask for without demanding) propose * See also

    Derived terms

    * suggestion * suggestive

    See also

    * (Suggestion)