The questioning of a witness by the party that has called that witness to give evidence, in order to support the case that is being made. Also called examination-in-chief. Compare with cross-examine.
- After the game-legged attorney performed her direct examination, Joshua made sure to help her back into her seat - out of good will, he said, but also to mitigate what he called ‘the crutches factor.’
- During her direct examination, she asked my father about his work as a teenager.
- Before Larry could begin his direct examination of Lucky, Judge Stone wanted to make sure our star witness knew that he didn't have to testify.
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Syllabification: di·rect ex·am·i·na·tion
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