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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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Her production of his Luci mie traditrici (an account of the homicidal 17th-century composer Carlo Gesualdo) led to her directing the world premiere of his Da gelo a gelo last year in Germany.
Resume: Wrote Boys on the Side and Single White Female; wrote and directed The Opposite of Sex, earning a Writers Guild of America nomination for best original screenplay Next: NBC pilot M.Y.O.B.; directing his script Bounce for Miramax Out in action: Active with GLAAD; the Van Ness House, residential alcoholism recovery program for gays; and Project Hope, residential program for at-risk girls in Pittsburgh
The presumption of competence also means that a consumer's decision to delegate responsibility for directing certain aspects of service provision to other persons can be a consumer-directed choice, under the right circumstances, such as when a choice is based on sound information about service options and made in an environment in which viable choices exist.

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