di·rect 1 vt1: to order with authoritythe testator direct ed that the car go to his niece2: to order entry of (a verdict) without jury considerationthe court direct ed a verdict in favor of the defendant3: to act as director ofvi: to act as directordirect 2 adj1 a: stemming immediately from a sourcedirect costsa direct claim compare derivativeb: being or passing in a straight line from parent to offspring: lineala direct ancestor compare collateral2: marked by absence of any intervening agency, instrumentality, or influencedirect consequences3: effected by the action of the people or the electorate and not by representativesdirect democracy4: characterized by close logical, causal, or consequential relationshipa direct interest in the outcome of the litigationdi·rect·ly advdirect 3 n: direct examinationtestimony given on direct
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
aboveboard, blunt, candid, clear, explicit, face to face, forthright, frank, genuine, guileless, honest, ingenuous, open, outspoken, plain, point-blank, pointed, rectus, sincere, straightforward, summary, transparent, truthful, unaffected, unambiguous, unassuming, unconstrained, undeceitful, undeceiving, undeceptive, undesigning, undisguising, unfeigning, unpretending, unpretentious, unreserved, unrestrained, veracious, veridical
aimed, guided, immediate, linear, rectilineal, steered, straightaway, true, unbent, unbroken, undeflected, undeviating, undistorted, unswerving, unturned, unwarped, without a bend, without circumlocution, without divergence
associated concepts: direct and proximate cause, direct attack, direct benefit, direct cause, direct contempt, direct control, direct damages, direct descendants, direct evidence, direct interest, direct knowledge, direct loss, direct result, direct route, direct tax, direct testimony, direct trust
connected, consecutive, continual, continuous, progressive, steady, straight, successive, unbroken, unending, unfaltering, unstopped
adjure, bid, call upon, charge, command, decree, demand, dictate, enjoin, give a directive, give an order, give directions, give instructions, give orders, govern, instruct, issue a command, issue a decree, issue an order, ordain, prescribe, rule, set a task, signal, tell
associated concepts: directed verdict
conduct, designate, guide, homini viam monstrare, indicate, instruct, lead, navigate, point, point out, steer
administer, administrare, administrate, assign, be master, boss, coach, command, conduct, control, dirigere, dominate, educate, engineer, exercise authority, exercise supervision, govern, guide, head, lead, look after, manage, mastermind, oversee, preside, preside over, regere, regulate, rule, stage, steer, superintend, take command
accurate, administer (conduct), advise, appoint, arrange (methodize), candid, cause, charge (instruct on the law), clear (apparent), coherent (clear), command, compact (pithy), conduct, control (regulate), counsel, decree, demand, determine, dictate, discipline (control), discipline (train), dispatch (send off), edify, educate, enjoin, explicit, express, govern, handle (manage), hold (possess), impose (enforce), inculcate, indicate, influence, initiate, instill, manage, mandamus, manipulate (utilize skillfully), militate, moderate (preside over), motivate, nurture, officiate, operate, order, overlook (superintend), oversee, predominate (command), prescribe, preside, prevail (be in force), program, provide (arrange for), recommend, regulate (manage), require (compel), rule (govern), send, sententious, straightforward, subpoena, summary, superintend, unaffected (sincere), undistorted, wield
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v. To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, "the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions" or "the jury is directed to disregard the defendant's outburst."
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.
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.
Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.
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 imme diate 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.
Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.