noun U.S. Politics.
a primary in which members of a party nominate its candidates by direct vote.
Direct Questions vs. Reported DialogueA direct question is when you ask a question by speaking directly (e.g. “How are you doing today?”). Reported dialogue is when you report what someone else says (e.g. “Joan asked how you’re doing today.”). Reported dialogue usually uses the third person point of view. Direct Questions Direct questions usually include interrogative pronouns or adverbs. Interrogative pronouns and adverbs include words like as who, what, …
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Compare indirect primary.
Origin of direct primary
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for direct primary
We had in California on the 16th day of August (less than a month ago) a direct-primary election.
US government a primary in which voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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An election in which voters choose candidates to run on a party's ticket in a subsequent election for public office.
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