Origin of immediate

1525–35; < Medieval Latin immediātus. See im-2, mediate (adj.)
Related formsim·me·di·ate·ness, nounqua·si-im·me·di·ate, adjectivequa·si-im·me·di·ate·ly, adverbun·im·me·di·ate, adjectiveun·im·me·di·ate·ly, adverbun·im·me·di·ate·ness, noun

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adjective (usually prenominal)

taking place or accomplished without delayan immediate reaction
closest or most direct in effect or relationshipthe immediate cause of his downfall
having no intervening medium; direct in effectan immediate influence
contiguous in space, time, or relationshipour immediate neighbour
present; currentthe immediate problem is food
philosophy of or relating to an object or concept that is directly known or intuited
logic (of an inference) deriving its conclusion from a single premise, esp by conversion or obversion of a categorial statement
Derived Formsimmediacy or immediateness, noun

Word Origin for immediate

C16: from Medieval Latin immediātus, from Latin im- (not) + mediāre to be in the middle; see mediate
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Word Origin and History for immediate

late 14c., "intervening, interposed;" early 15c., "with nothing interposed; direct," also with reference to time, from Old French immediat, from Late Latin immediatus "without anything between," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mediatus, past participle of mediare "to halve," later, "be in the middle," from Latin medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)).

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