a primary in which members of a party nominate its candidates by direct vote.
- Compare indirect primary.
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How to use direct primary in a sentence
In the past several years, dispensing has also become popular among physicians in the direct primary care movement—a fast-growing clinical model that aims to offer low-cost care without involving insurance companies.What happens when your doctor and pharmacist are the same person | Michael Schulson/Undark | October 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
We had in California on the 16th day of August (less than a month ago) a direct-primary election.
Because Wisconsin has made good use of the direct primary it does not follow that it will benefit the Filipino.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
They forged the direct primary and the State University out of the impetus within themselves.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
The vogue of the direct primary was confined largely to the West at first, but it steadily gained in favor in the East.Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 | Charles A. Beard
As we have seen, the direct primary was brought into action by men who found themselves outside of the old party intrenchments.Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 | Charles A. Beard
British Dictionary definitions for direct primary
US government a primary in which voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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Cultural definitions for direct primary
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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