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[in-stan-ter] /ɪnˈstæn tər/
immediately; at once.
Origin of instanter
1680-90; < Latin: urgently, insistently, equivalent to instan(t-) instant + -ter adv. suffix Unabridged
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  • I'll tak' twa o' my ain lads and my ain wagon, and be there instanter.

    The Bow of Orange Ribbon Amelia E. Barr
  • Wherefore, I think it were well that we set about doing what we decide to do instanter.

    My Dark Companions Henry M. Stanley
  • It was my habit to lie down, even in times of peace, in my tunic; up I got instanter, put on sword and quiver and mounted.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The mother saw them, and, instanter, A secret dread began to haunt her.

    Faust Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • In the course of the tustle one dog went plump against a saw in rapid motion, which cut him in two instanter.

  • The bargain was struck, and forty-eight good pounds were instanter placed in the hands of the seller.

  • The English accept them gingerly; the Americans take them in with enthusiasm, and naturalize them instanter.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • Bread and cheese and ale, I explained, were good enough for me, and they could be had instanter.

    A Leisurely Tour in England James John Hissey
  • The owners were compelled to start the poison into the sea, and then to leave the Crimea instanter.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • I must therefore be furnished with Bibles instanter; send me therefore the London edition, bad as it is, say 500 copies.

    The Life of George Borrow Herbert Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for instanter


(law) without delay; (in connection with pleading) the same day or within 24 hours
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: urgently, from instansinstant
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