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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.

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.

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Since the Jails Division first introduced the direct supervision principles to jails in the early 1980s, there has been much focus on the role of the detention officer and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the firstline supervisor.
A group of researchers in Norway has even found that videoconferencing can be substituted for up to 50% of the direct supervision hours required for psychotherapists without a significant decrease in effectiveness (Gammon, Sorlie, Bergvik, Sorensen, & Hoifodt, 1997).
I whole-heartedly agree that the average patron in the pool should be prevented from extended breath-hold activities unless they are properly trained and employing basic supervision procedures, which require a partner and direct supervision.
During his later extended sojourn in the republic (1630-49) Descartes produced most of his important scientific work (including his Principia) as well as his Meditationes, first published in 1641 in Leiden under his direct supervision. This was, however, a period of continual strife and turmoil in Descartes' professional life, broken only by his friendship and correspondence with Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia, herself in exile in the Hague.
A year later, Human Rights Watch revealed an internal survey from one state (left unidentified) in which "line officers-those charged with the direct supervision of inmates- estimated that roughly one-fifth of all prisoners were being coerced into participation in inmate-on-inmate sex." (Higher-ranking officials gave the lower but still disturbing estimate that an eighth of all prisoners are raped, while the inmates themselves suggested that the proper figure is a third.)
CMS also asserts that feeding assistants must work only under direct supervision of licensed personnel.
Ag-Chem's SOILTEQ division will operate as a separate AGCO division under the direct supervision of Norm Boyd, senior vice president, corporate development at AGCO.
HITIC is the first nonbank financial institution under the Chinese government's direct supervision to default on samurai bonds or yen-denominated bonds issued by foreign governments or companies.
Prisoners had their own keys to cells in the 1960s cell blocks and could mix together in groups of up to 13 throughout the night without direct supervision from staff, the Chief Inspector of Prisons Sir David Ramsbotham said.
Until a student demonstrates competency in a procedure, that procedure is to be performed under direct supervision. A qualified radiographer or therapist must review the requested procedure and patient condition in light of the student's level of expertise, must be present during the entire procedure and must evaluate and approve the outcome of the procedure.
But 95 per cent of paediatricians surveyed by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death say the monitors should be used only under the direct supervision of a health professional.
Turning to diving, four halay sessions under direct supervision and with all equipment supplied costs pounds 74 or, for qualified divers who wish to dive accompanied by an experienced instructor, six shore sessions are priced at pounds 60.

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