from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition or quality of being immediate.
  • noun Lack of an intervening or mediating agency; directness.
  • noun Something immediate, as in importance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being immediate.
  • noun Direct relation or connection; freedom from any intervening medium.
  • noun Specifically, the condition of being in direct relation with a head or chief; the feudal rank next to that of the suzerain.
  • noun In metaphysics, direct presence; spontaneous existence, not dependent on anything; absolute or non-relative being.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The relation of freedom from the interventionof a medium; immediateness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the quality of being immediate, of happening right away
  • noun lack of mediation
  • noun philosophy immediate awareness or apprehension

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun immediate intuitive awareness
  • noun lack of an intervening or mediating agency
  • noun the quickness of action or occurrence


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