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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
1595-1605
1595-1605; immedi(ate) + -acy
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  • As a result, the book has an immediacy, intimacy and emotional truth that history rarely reveals.
  • There is only the work, the bright red immediacy of blood.
  • The lack of immediacy in communication is maddening.
  • Their immediacy in terms of commentary is especially dangerous.
  • One benefit is the immediacy of being able to obtain the current text.
  • There's something about the privacy and the immediacy of it that seems to help.
  • Subsidies, windfalls, and the prospect of economic opportunity remove the immediacy of needing to conserve.
  • Obviously, there is something in the immediacy there that one misses in reading.
  • The immediacy of protest images taken by protesters felt new.
  • And so the immediacy of the music is blurred by our own soft-focus nostalgia for a lost world.
Word Origin and History for immediacy
n.

c.1600, from immediate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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