Immediate

Im*me"di*ate

(?), a. [F. immdiat. See In- not, and Mediate.] 1. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact.
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You are the most immediate to our throne.
Shak.
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2. Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant. "Assemble we immediate council." Shak.
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Death . . . not yet inflicted, as he feared,
By some immediate stroke.
Milton.
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3. Acting with nothing interposed or between, or without the intervention of another object as a cause, means, or agency; acting, perceived, or produced, directly; as, an immediate cause.
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The immediate knowledge of the past is therefore impossible.
Sir. W. Hamilton.
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Immediate amputation (Surg.), an amputation performed within the first few hours after an injury, and before the the effects of the shock have passed away.

Syn. -- Proximate; close; direct; next.
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