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direct
as in:  was direct in my instructions


I left them with direct instructions.
  straightforward (clear and explicit — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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Samples:
  • I left them with direct instructions.
  • She is easy to work with. She is direct in her communications and expectations.
  • Did she say that directly or just imply it.
  • As they walked back across the grass, she looked directly at him for the first time.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • "If only I knew how much the operation costs," says he.
    "Have you not asked?"
    "Not directly, I cannot do that—the surgeon might take it amiss and that would not do; he must operate on mother."
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The prosecution was too clever to charge him directly, but there were attempts to make him look sick, perverted, criminally insane.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "This is the time," she began, looking directly at them, when we acknowledge differences.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  •   Her answer came with direct simplicity, as though she was simply stating a fact, "Because if I find in myself, and I shall watch keenly for it, a sign of harm to any that I love, I shall die!"
      "You would not kill yourself?" he asked, hoarsely.
      "I would."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He is steeped in sorrow, exhausted, and more direct than he ever was.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She had a large, direct voice. No time to waste. "Komm," she instructed them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • I was afraid of that simple executive directness now.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "If you’re perfectly honest about it, you think President Snow has probably given them direct orders to make sure we die in the arena anyway," I say.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Gale and I directly disobeyed orders yesterday, and Boggs has the injury to prove it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "What’s wrong, Newt?" Thomas asked, not wanting to talk to Alby directly. "What happened?"
      But Alby grabbed him by the shirt.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • And Four doesn’t often challenge Eric directly.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He didn’t directly say he loves me, but hearing that word come out of his mouth makes my heart swell in my chest.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This again was never put into plain words, but in an indirect way it was rubbed into every Party member from childhood onwards.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A direct death threat to Gale, with others to follow.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connexion with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connexion that is contained in a direct lie.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I avoid looking at him directly, but I catch a glimpse of his reflection in one of the shiny control consoles along the wall.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It is now after the dinner hour of the asylum, and as yet my patient sits in a corner brooding, with a dull, sullen, woe-begone look in his face, which seems rather to indicate than to show something directly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • That is true indirectly, but not directly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Their threats were, however, mingled with some sort of indirect apology for the defeat of the two of them by a feeble madman.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Whatever problems anyone may have with the Capitol, believe me when I say that if it released its grip on the districts for even a short time, the entire system would collapse."
      I’m taken aback by the directness and even the sincerity of this speech.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The relief of seeing her was so great that he could not resist staring directly at her for several seconds.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • There was a direct intimate connexion between chastity and political orthodoxy.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That is true indirectly, but not directly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Although we have decades of support for the assumption that further direct attacks on Thirteen would be counterproductive to the Capitol’s cause.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • This was necessary, because except by direct enquiry it was never possible to discover where anyone lived.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "You were doubtless surprised at my letter?" This query was directly addressed to Lord Godalming.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • In so far as the war has a direct economic purpose, it is a war for labour power.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • DANFORTH, looking directly at Giles: Who is this man?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • ...and moreover, any country which remained industrially backward was helpless in a military sense and was bound to be dominated, directly or indirectly, by its more advanced rivals.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • To Danforth directly: And I think you will want to know, from each and every one of them, what discontents them with you!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Every success, every achievement, every victory, every scientific discovery, all knowledge, all wisdom, all happiness, all virtue, are held to issue directly from his leadership and inspiration.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That would be in direct violation of President Coin’s orders.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • O’Brien made no direct answer.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Pause, for the first time he turns directly to her.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • DANFORTH: Now, then, Mister, will you speak slowly, and directly to the point, for Mr. Cheever’s sake.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • There is a simple network of wide tunnels that directly corresponds to the main street plan above, underlying the major avenues and cross streets.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It systematically undermines the solidarity of the family, and it calls its leader by a name which is a direct appeal to the sentiment of family loyalty.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Instead of anything directly connected with O’Brien or the Brotherhood, there came into his mind a sort of composite picture of the dark bedroom where his mother had spent her last days, and the little room over Mr Charrington’s shop, and the glass paperweight, and the steel engraving in its rosewood frame.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It conflicted with the tendency towards mechanization which had become quasi-instinctive throughout almost the whole world, and moreover, any country which remained industrially backward was helpless in a military sense and was bound to be dominated, directly or indirectly, by its more advanced rivals.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Sky," he says directly.  "I’m kissing you because sometimes I can’t not kiss you. You know what your mouth does to me. I’m not expecting anything else, okay? As long as I get to kiss you, the other stuff can wait." He’s tucking my hair behind my ears now and looking down at me genuinely. "I just thought you should know.  I probably should have picked a better time to state that fact, but sometimes I just
    blurt things out without thinking."
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
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