Definition of indirectness in English:

indirectness

Pronunciation /ɪndʌɪˈrɛktnəs//ɪndɪˈrɛktnəs/

noun

  • See indirect

    • ‘The indirectness of memory, in contrast to the directness of retention, however, remains somewhat obscure.’
    • ‘There are varying degrees of directness and indirectness concerning a teacher's intervention, yet the intended purpose of changing behavior is the same.’
    • ‘The indirectness of the process invites a certain familiarity.’
    • ‘The indirectness of this approach relates to the pragmatics of the culture: the Navajo avoid speaking for another person or controlling the behavior of others.’
    • ‘Older and newly arrived Vietnamese Americans often display indirectness and extreme politeness in dealing with others.’
    • ‘With a cultural group in which indirectness is more valued, family members should not be pushed to make demands of others without trying gentle appeals and negotiation first.’

Pronunciation

indirectness

/ɪndʌɪˈrɛktnəs//ɪndɪˈrɛktnəs/