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1. Occurring at once; happening without delay: needed immediate treatment for the injuries.
a. Of or near the present time: in the immediate future.
b. Of or relating to the present time and place; current: "It is probable that, apart from the most immediate, pragmatic, technical revisions, the writer's effort to detach himself from his work is quixotic" (Joyce Carol Oates).
3. Close at hand; near: in the immediate vicinity. See Synonyms at close.
4. Next in line or relation: is an immediate successor to the president of the company.
5. Acting or occurring without the interposition of another agency or object; direct: an immediate cause.

[Middle English immediat, from Old French, from Late Latin immediātus : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre, to be in the middle; see mediate.]

im·me′di·ate·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.immediateness - the quickness of action or occurrence; "the immediacy of their response"; "the instancy of modern communication"
celerity, rapidity, rapidness, speediness, quickness - a rate that is rapid
2.immediateness - lack of an intervening or mediating agency; "the immediacy of television coverage"
directness, straightness - trueness of course toward a goal; "rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"
References in classic literature ?
Also to be reckoned with, was the immediateness of his attack.
For the obsessive person the world is not inhabited by living things that appear as opportunities in the process of life, but by mere matter destined to decompose and die: 'The world in which the obsessives live has such a structure that their behaviour is dominated by horror and dread, not because of fear of death which may hit them in the near future, but because of the presence of death in sensory immediateness, warded off in disgust.
Ideally, the questions should have been administered as structured mini-interviews, since one would expect this to optimise the immediateness of the unprepared answers and allow for detailed analysis of the transcribed answers.
In a review of Arthur Symons' Silhouettes, Webster points out the challenge posed by metaphor, explaining that "metaphor and simile are worse than useless if they do not seem to be the natural, spontaneous [emphasis mine] impression that has sprung to the poet's mind, and do not, as handed on by him, carry that impression to his readers with the immediateness and certainty of a revealing light.
Specifically they cited the opportunity to interact with other teachers, with relative immediateness as two important benefits.
From January 1, 1959, the extraliterary substance, then considered nurturing and vital for his new life and poetry, constituted the immediateness of his daily existence, especially within the collective enthusiasm of the first years of the Cuban political process: namely, "the calm reaffirmation of [his] personal experience in light of the dynamic and reliable historical process that the Revolution signifie[d]" (Ellis 1220).