Indirect vs Swervingly - What's the difference?

indirect | swervingly |


As an adjective indirect

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

As an adverb swervingly is

in a swerving way; with deviations; indirectly.

indirect

English

Adjective

(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, '
    indirect
    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.

    Antonyms

    * direct

    Derived terms

    * indirect speech * indirect object

    swervingly

    English

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • In a swerving way; with deviations; indirectly.
  • Antonyms

    * unswervingly