Immediate

Definition of Immediate

Im`me´di`ate
a.1.Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact.
You are the most immediate to our throne.
- Shak.
2.Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant.
Death . . . not yet inflicted, as he feared,
By some immediate stroke.
- Milton.
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.
The immediate knowledge of the past is therefore impossible.
- Sir. W. Hamilton.
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.

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