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immediate

[ ih-mee-dee-it ]
/ ɪˈmi di ɪt /
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adjective

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Origin of immediate

1525–35; < Medieval Latin immediātus. See im-2, mediate (adj.)
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immediate

/ (ɪˈmiːdɪət) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

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

immediate


adj.

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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