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/fɜstˈhænd/ (say ferst'hand) 1.  from or at the first or original source; directly: *NSW Premier Bob Carr will today view firsthand the devastation caused by a bushfire that razed 10 homes in Sydney's south –aap news, 2002.

adjective /ˈfɜsthænd/ (say 'ferst-hand) 2.  of or relating to the first or original source: a firsthand account.

3.  direct from the original source.

Also, first-hand.