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1. (of government, decisions, etc.) by or from the electorate rather than through representatives
2. Logic Maths (of a proof) progressing from the premises to the conclusion, rather than eliminating the possibility of the falsehood of the conclusion
3. Astronomy moving from west to east on the celestial sphere
a. of or relating to direct current
b. (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
5. Music
a. (of motion) in the same direction
b. (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

When a planet is moving from west to east in the natural order of the zodiac, it is said to be moving direct. Direct is the antonym to retrograde, which is the apparent movement of a planet backward through the zodiac.

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A straight-line flight between two navigation aids, fixes, points, or any combination thereof. It is that portion of flight not flown on radials or courses of established airways. When used by pilots to describe off-airway routes, the points defining direct route segments become compulsory reporting points unless the aircraft is under radar contact. Also called direct flight.
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Reducing length of stay by approximately 45 percent and reducing variable direct costs from 50 percent to 70 percent (See Tables 3-6) have significant financial benefits and also improves inpatient bed availability.
A second observation: many of the publications to be found in a literature review relate to only a few newer MDx tests--in particular, ones with relatively high direct costs. On reflection, this is not very surprising; certainly, tests with high direct costs are the ones which most need in-depth financial justification.
The Commission's informal document is in fact set to address this request by defining direct costs for major infrastructures.
Any expense that is not a direct cost of sales is a fixed expense--an expense that isn't going to vary, regardless of your sales.
Now, we can put a dollar figure on such direct costs of global warming and the costs of preparation.
The logical and consistent method for the allocation of indirect costs to intermediate and final cost objectives based upon relative benefits received is required by FAR 31-201-4, "Determining allocability," and 31-203, "Indirect costs." This means that if seemingly similar costs are treated as both direct costs and indirect costs, the rationale behind the cost determination must be validated.
The direct costs include, among other things, logistics costs, call centre costs and replacement battery costs.
State-specific direct costs were estimated for those aged [greater than or equal to]18 years and lost earnings for the working-age population aged 18-64 years.
When states do try to cut corners by holding down some more visible direct costs, less obvious indirect costs balloon--as has occurred following government price controls for countless centuries.
The shelter's direct costs are approximately $200 per day per client.
The taxpayer had always considered costs associated with this activity as direct costs for financial accounting purposes, and until it filed an accounting method change these costs were considered direct costs for tax purposes.