Definition of Immediate

1. Adjective. Of the present time and place. "The immediate revisions"

Similar to: Present
Derivative terms: Immediateness

2. Adjective. Very close or connected in space or time. "The immediate past"
Exact synonyms: Contiguous
Similar to: Close
Derivative terms: Contiguity, Contiguousness, Immediateness

3. Adjective. Having no intervening medium. "An immediate influence"
Attributes: Immediacy, Immediateness
Similar to: Direct, Unmediated
Derivative terms: Immediateness
Antonyms: Mediate

4. Adjective. Immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect. "The immediate cause of the trouble"
Similar to: Proximate
Derivative terms: Immediateness

5. Adjective. Performed with little or no delay. "A straightaway denial"
Exact synonyms: Prompt, Quick, Straightaway
Similar to: Fast
Derivative terms: Immediateness, Promptness, Quickness

Definition of Immediate

1. a. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact.

Definition of Immediate

1. Adjective. happening right away, instantly, with no delay ¹

2. Adjective. Very close; direct or adjacent. ¹

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Definition of Immediate

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Medical Definition of Immediate

1. 1. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact. "You are the most immediate to our throne." (Shak) 2. Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant. "Assemble we immediate council." "Death . . . Not yet inflicted, as he feared, By some immediate stroke." (Milton) 3. Acting with nothing interposed or between, or without the intervention of another object as a cause, means, or agency; acting, perceived, or produced, directly; as, an immediate cause. "The immediate knowledge of the past is therefore impossible." (Sir. W. Hamilton) Immediate amputation, an amputation performed within the first few hours after an injury, and before the the effects of the shock have passed away. Synonym: Proximate, close, direct, next. Origin: F. Immediat. See In- not, and Mediate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Immediate

immediate (current term)
immediate-early proteins
immediate allergy
immediate amputation
immediate apprehension
immediate constituent
immediate contagion
immediate denture
immediate early gene
immediate families
immediate family
immediate flap
immediate hypersensitivity
immediate hypersensitivity reaction
immediate insertion denture

Literary usage of Immediate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind. by Thomas Brown (1826)
"J. immediate EMOTIONS, WHICH DO NOT NECESSARILY INVOLVE ANY MORAL FEELING, CONTINUED.—II. ... The immediate emotions, in which no moral feeling is involved, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"I had never before been convinced that such immediate effect in flavor and other varietal characteristics can occur in the apple, but I am now satisfied ..."

3. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative by Richard Henry Dana (1895)
"... but there were none in our immediate neighborhood. The only other animals were horses. More than a dozen of these were owned by men on the beach, ..."

4. The American Revolution, 1776-1783 by Claude Halstead Van Tyne (1905)
"The attention of its writer was bent upon recent events, and he dwelt only upon the immediate reasons for throwing off allegiance to the British government. ..."

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