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immediacy

[ih-mee-dee-uh-see] /ɪˈmi di ə si/
noun, plural immediacies.
1.
the state, condition, or quality of being immediate.
2.
Often, immediacies. an immediate need:
the immediacies of everyday living.
3.
Philosophy.
  1. immediate presence of an object of knowledge to the mind, without any distortions, inferences, or interpretations, and without involvement of any intermediate agencies.
  2. the direct content of the mind as distinguished from representation or cognition.
Origin of immediacy
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; immedi(ate) + -acy
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  • The churches submit to the demand for immediacy with great alacrity.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • Jeff had considered the possibility, but its immediacy appalled him.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • This flight is the immediacy of conviction and the ecstasy which follows.

  • This immediacy of contact does not alter the provincial point of view.

  • The other two innovations which we have mentioned press closer to immediacy.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
Word Origin and History for immediacy
n.

c.1600, from immediate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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