View synonyms for firsthand


or first-hand

[ furst-hand ]


  1. from the first or original source:

    We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.


  1. of or relating to the first or original source.
  2. direct from the original source:

    firsthand knowledge of the riot.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of firsthand1

First recorded in 1690–1700; first + hand
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Example Sentences

They’re gaining a year of firsthand experience in resilience, flexibility and grit that’s rarely part of a lesson plan.

To forestall that particular future, the project suggests, perhaps we have to travel there ourselves, seeing it — and smelling it — firsthand.

The medium of late-night offers that wide reach to affirm the values of hard truths even for those who’ve experience it daily firsthand.

Lucy Jordan, a British writer living in Brazil with her family, experienced this firsthand.

I saw that firsthand, and you can see it in his coaching record.

Former RSD instructor Nathan Kole says he saw firsthand how this “alpha male” marketing can damage students.

Documents and firsthand accounts of Clausewitz at war by others are few and far between.

This is a critically important role, and something I've seen firsthand.

Korematsu knew firsthand the dangers of war-time hysteria and pleaded that we not make that mistake again.

I saw personally, firsthand, what drug use and drug abuse is doing to an underprivileged population.

The character of his comments makes it clear that he had a firsthand knowledge of the books that he cites.

The schools can give the students a firsthand knowledge of the various phases of library work, and this is important.

Of course, the value of natural objects and firsthand acquaintance was not dependent upon the truth of the theory.

Once in a great while historians find a firsthand account that provides striking insight into a past era.

Now, from her new employer, she was to learn at firsthand how people in the world of fashion comported themselves.





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