immediate
adjective Etymology: Middle English immediat, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin immediatus, from Latin in- + Late Latin mediatus intermediate — more at mediate Date: 15th century 1. a. acting or being without the intervention of another object, cause, or agency ; direct <
the immediate cause of death
>
b. present to the mind independently of other states or factors <
immediate awareness
>
c. involving or derived from a single premise <
an immediate inference
>
2. being next in line or relation <
the immediate family
>
3. a. existing without intervening space or substance <
brought into immediate contact
>
b. being near at hand <
the immediate neighborhood
>
4. a. occurring, acting, or accomplished without loss or interval of time ; instant <
an immediate need
>
b. (1) near to or related to the present <
the immediate past
>
(2) of or relating to the here and now ; current <
too busy with immediate concerns to worry about the future
>
5. directly touching or concerning a person or thing <
the child's immediate world is the classroom
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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