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immediatism

[ih-mee-dee-uh-tiz-uh m] /ɪˈmi di əˌtɪz əm/
noun, U.S. History.
1.
a policy for the immediate abolition of slavery.
Origin of immediatism
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; immediate + -ism
Related forms
immediatist, noun
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  • These English abolitionists were coming to "immediatism" from 1824, and their influence told in America.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Their doctrine of immediatism—if we may invent a new term—is always one and the same, and always has been.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
  • Garrison, consequently rejected gradualism as a weapon, and took up instead the great and quickening doctrine of immediatism.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke

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