immediate (adj.)

late 14c., "intervening, interposed;" early 15c., "with nothing interposed; direct," also with reference to time, "without delay, instant," from Old French immediat (14c.), from Late Latin immediatus "without anything between," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mediatus "in the middle" (see mediate).

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Definitions of immediate from WordNet

immediate (adj.)
of the present time and place;
the immediate revisions
immediate (adj.)
very close or connected in space or time;
the immediate vicinity
the immediate past
immediate contact
Synonyms: contiguous
immediate (adj.)
having no intervening medium;
an immediate influence
immediate (adj.)
immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect;
the immediate result
the immediate cause of the trouble
immediate (adj.)
performed with little or no delay;
an immediate reply to my letter
Synonyms: prompt / quick / straightaway