- occurring or accomplished without delay; instant: an immediate reply.
- following or preceding without a lapse of time: the immediate future.
- having no object or space intervening; nearest or next: in the immediate vicinity.
- of or relating to the present time or moment: our immediate plans.
- without intervening medium or agent; direct: an immediate cause.
- having a direct bearing: immediate consideration.
- very close in relationship: my immediate family.
- Philosophy. directly intuited.
Origin of immediate
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Examples from the Web for immediate
Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Analysts interpreted it as an immediate ripple effect of the newly established US-Cuban détente.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
During the immediate protests for Michael Brown I walked in the crowd solo and mostly silent.
JUDNICK: The immediate supremacist reaction is to equalize everything.
The story was so appalling, the attack so brutish and morally offensive, that it provoked an immediate, furious response.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story
December 5, 2014
Of those of my immediate predecessor it might least become me here to speak.
These books are classified and so arranged as to be of immediate use.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I do not think I have told you the immediate occasion of this particular gathering.
Out of that fact, he drew an immediate comfort in this period of his misery.Within the Law
Still another of the original seven stood in the immediate vicinity.
- 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
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.)).