firsthand

[furst-hand]
adverb
1.
from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the first or original source.
3.
direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Also, first-hand.


Origin:
1690–1700; first + hand

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Example sentences
He experienced betrayal and back-stabbing firsthand.
It would be a sucker's bet to venture that few, if any, of them have firsthand
  experience with military procurement.
We do it for the enormous satisfaction one achieves in learning firsthand
  something new about our planet and our universe.
My approach to writing about a subject is to fly there to see the subject
  firsthand.
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