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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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Direct Instruction includes explicit, skill-based, teacher- directed instruction on individual reading skills.
Questions should be directed to the Public Information Department, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 33 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10045 (phone: 212-720-5424).
Directed by Paul Driessen and produced by Marcy Page, this playful short about a boy with an overactive imagination uses a multi-layered split--screen technique to present audiences with two worlds -- reality and fantasy -- explores the shifting boundaries between these realms.