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As a verb, to point to; guide; order; command; instruct. To advise; suggest; request. As an adjective, immediate; proximate; by the shortest course; without circuity; operating by an immediate connection or relation, instead of operating through an intermediary; the opposite of indirect. In the usual or regular course or order, as distinguished from that which diverts, interrupts, or opposes. The opposite of cross, contrary, collateral, or remote. Without any intervening medium, agency, or influence; unconditional.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

DIRECT. Straight forward; not collateral.
     2. The direct line of descents for example, is formed by a series of degrees between persons who descend one from another. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 886.

EVIDENCE, DIRECT. That which applies immediately to the fadum probandum, without any intervening process; as, if A testifies he saw B inflict a mortal wound on C, of which he, instantly died. 1 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 13.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Present study was carried out to estimate the prevalence of laboratory confirmed Hepatitis-C virus infection in house hold and direct contact personals among the population of Lahore metropolitan.
Community Click has proved such a success throughout the force by putting the community in direct contact with the officers who serve them.
You've got agents and things, but we have not had any direct contact with Cardiff.
"So we have today asked the BBC investigations unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue."
Summary: The BBC has said it will make direct contact with police to provide full support over the "disturbing allegations" made about abuse involving Sir Jimmy Savile.
The technology is called "direct contact", and its advantage is that it captures all the heat contained in a boiler's combustion gases.
After most of the evidence had been led, the parents withdrew their opposition to adoption, merely seeking direct contact. The sheriff granted the permanence order with authority for adoption, and indicated that she would have dispensed with parental consent on the evidence heard, if the parents had not agreed.
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"The virus found in the patient was 90 percent similar to H5N1 viruses previously isolated in ducks in China, which suggested that the man was very likely to have been infected through direct contact with a bird," the Shenzhen Centre for
Visitors had direct contact with three participants' flocks multiple times per week; for other flocks, visitors had direct contact three times or less per year.
A direct contact food tissue treatment, Inspexx 150 is part of a complete food safety programme and part of a complete line of Ecolab antimicrobial food tissue treatments that help control foodborne pathogens and spoilage microorganisms on food surfaces.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran denied that government officials had direct contact with the US over allegations it plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador on US soil.

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