- 1Occurring or done at once; instant: the authorities took no immediate action the book’s success was immediateMore example sentences
- This in turn has triggered the disappearance of a system of symbols that once enabled immediate identification of a woman's status.
- Brown's response to this fundamental problem was immediate, once it had been brought to his attention.
- However, these concepts are introduced all at once with no immediate application for the student.
- 1.1Relating to or existing at the present time: the immediate concern was how to avoid taxesMore example sentences
- Get people to voice their immediate current concerns or questions.
- This kind of analysis is really just the product of a false hindsight that tends to see the past through the lenses of the immediate present.
- More than the big picture, look at the immediate, present needs.
- 2Nearest in time, relationship, or rank: no changes are envisaged in the immediate future his immediate superior in the departmentMore example sentences
- Confident in their ability to manager without state support, and close to their immediate family, they tend to live in towns in the more prosperous Southern and Midland towns.
- He said about seven of the boy's immediate family and close friends had been given antibiotics.
- Both weddings have had about 30 guests - just immediate family and close friends - and both have used restaurants for their reception.
- 2.1Nearest or next to in space: roads in the immediate vicinity of the portMore example sentences
- He also disputed the number of car parking spaces, which reputedly would be available in the immediate vicinity of the licensed premises.
- I make an attempt to fight the heavy-duty gravity imposed upon the immediate space around my body, and ease myself out of the bed.
- Actually, a baby lives in, and loves, her immediate space.
- 2.2(Of a relation or action) without an intervening medium or agency; direct: coronary thrombosis was the immediate cause of deathMore example sentences
- It further held, allowing the Commissioners' appeal, that on the facts the requisite ‘direct and immediate link’ was not established.
- ‘So far in museum exhibitions, the visitor was not placed in immediate contact with the past,’ he wrote.
- The immediate connection between the ‘Void’ and our conceptions of chaos may not be explicit to many readers.
- 3 Philosophy (Of knowledge or reaction) gained or shown without reasoning; intuitive.More example sentences
- Hume had shown that no immediate knowledge of causes is possible, for we have no impression of necessary connection.
- Knowledge that is immediate may supply the premises for the inference of further knowledge, but even immediate knowledge depends on coherence.
- The notion allows Heidegger to avoid giving primacy to non-theoretical immediate experience.
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- The new writing space carries the promise of networks of communication through the intuitive immediateness of the Word.
- Like her other work, it is rich with observation and flights of language, revealing how this sensibility is malleable enough to adapt to the death-row murderess without sacrificing its immediateness and power.
- Although he stresses specificity and immediateness, his analysis shows the interconnections among labor, the trade unions, and political parties.
late Middle English (in the sense 'nearest in space or order'): from Old French immediat, or from late Latin immediatus, from in- 'not' + mediatus 'intervening', past participle of mediare (see mediate).