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immediacy

[ih-mee-dee-uh-see] /ɪˈmi di ə si/
noun, plural immediacies.
1.
the state, condition, or quality of being immediate.
2.
Often, immediacies. an immediate need:
the immediacies of everyday living.
3.
Philosophy.
  1. immediate presence of an object of knowledge to the mind, without any distortions, inferences, or interpretations, and without involvement of any intermediate agencies.
  2. the direct content of the mind as distinguished from representation or cognition.
Origin of immediacy
1595-1605
1595-1605; immedi(ate) + -acy
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  • The distinction between memory and the present immediacy has a double bearing.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Jeff had considered the possibility, but its immediacy appalled him.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • And with the bright small things of immediacy they are so active and-399- alert.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • This flight is the immediacy of conviction and the ecstasy which follows.

  • He disliked all Gringos, but this Gringo he hated with an immediacy that was unusual even in him.

    The Night-Born Jack London
Word Origin and History for immediacy
n.

c.1600, from immediate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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