When you say that something is firsthand, you mean that you experienced it yourself. This is different from saying that something is reported or told to you.

  • The experience was firsthand, and it was very unpleasant.

  • The report was firsthand, and it included all of the details.

Definition of firsthand


from the original source; directly


at first hand


received directly from a source

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Example Sentences for firsthand

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    Unfortunately, none of the accounts is firsthand.

  • 2

    I know the firsthand public opinion.

  • 3

    I have firsthand experience with the hamlet.

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    The planet itself was never seen firsthand.

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    They knew, firsthand, of the friendliness of the people and of their need.

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    Dela Raza was a firsthand witness of the Filipino diaspora.

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    It is very important to see and try firsthand to know better.

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    My mother always wanted to cook foods in firsthand.

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    Cottrell was able to see firsthand the fruits of his labor.

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    Duluth has experienced firsthand the consequences of media consolidation.