Synonyms of 'first-hand'
phraseat first hand
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You use direct to describe an experience, activity, or system which only involves the people, actions, or things that are necessary to make it happen.
He has direct experience of the process.
You use immediate to describe an area or position that is next to or very near a particular place or person.
I was seated at his immediate left.
Thesaurus for first-hand from the Collins English Thesaurus
First hand information or experience is gained or learned directly, rather than from other people or from books.