What does immediately mean?

immediately meaning in General Dictionary

In an instantaneous fashion without intervention of any other person or thing proximately right in opposition to mediately as instantly contiguous

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  • near or close by
  • bearing a sudden relation
  • straight away or doubt; without any time intervening
  • In an immediate way; without input of everyu000du000a other person or thing; proximately; right; -- opposed to mediately;u000du000a because, straight away contiguous.
  • Without interval period; without delay; immediately; instantly; simultaneously.
  • Once. Cf. Directly, 8, Note.

immediately meaning in Legal Dictionary

adv. 1) simultaneously. 2) in orders associated with courtroom or in contracts it indicates "the moment can be carried out" without excuse.


immediately meaning in Law Dictionary

“It is impossible to lay down any hard and fast rule as to what is the meaning of the word ‘immediately’ in all cases. The words ‘forthwith’ and ‘immediately ’ have the same meaning. They are stronger than the expression ‘within a reasonable time.’ and imply prompt, vigorous action, without any delay, and whether there has been such action is a question of fact, having regard to the circumstances of the particular case.” Cockburn, C. J., in Reg. v. Justices of Berkshire, 4 Q. B. Div. 471


immediately meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"without intervening time or space," early 15c., from instant + -ly (2).


immediately meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) In an instantaneous way; without intervention of every other individual or thing; proximately; right; -- opposed to mediately; because, immediately contiguous.

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  • (adv.) Without interval period; without delay; promptly; immediately; at a time.
  • (adv.) The moment. Cf. Directly, 8, Note.

Sentence Examples with the word immediately

It had almost immediately the effect of lessening the exodus of artisans to the United States, and of improving the revenue and so restoring the national credit.

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