verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase (or decrease) in one results in an increase (or decrease) in another: a term is said to be in direct proportion to another term if one increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).
- (of a function) the function itself, in contrast to its inverse.Compare inverse(def 2).
Origin of direct
Examples from the Web for directness
He spoke without notes and inspired confidence in a hurt world because of his directness, honesty, and compassion.
Since then, no president has spoken to the American people with so much candor, directness, and vision.Jimmy Carter Was a Lot Better President Than Almost Anyone Ever Admits|David Masciotra|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mentally, he is full of aggression, thrust, directness, essentially active, not passive.“I hear Gore’s voice and I want so much to be with him”|Anaïs Nin|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Again and again, Huntsman took the risk of honesty and directness and was rewarded for it.Jon Huntsman Earns His Applause at Sunday’s N.H. Debate|John Avlon|January 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They are noteworthy for their simplicity of diction and uniform quality of directness.Successful Methods of Public Speaking|Grenville Kleiser
Each time I saw her I was impressed more and more with the strength of her character and the clearness and directness of her mind.Miss Ellis's Mission|Mary P. Wells Smith
But she was too vigorous a woman to be much of a strategist, and she usually came to her point with directness.A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays|Willa Cather
For which reason also such actions are termed katorqwseiz to intimate the directness of the way, by which they are achieved.Meditations|Marcus Aurelius
With her customary energy and directness she spoke at once, and spoke first.The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for directness
verb (mainly tr)
- to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
- another word (esp US) for conduct (def. 9)
- of or relating to direct current
- (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
- (of motion) in the same directionSee motion (def. 9)
- (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted