im·​me·​di·​a·​cy | \ i-ˈmē-dē-ə-sē How to pronounce immediacy (audio) , British often -ˈmē-jə-sē \
plural immediacies

Definition of immediacy

1 : the quality or state of being immediate
2 : something that is immediate usually used in plural

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Examples of immediacy in a Sentence

Television coverage gave the war greater immediacy than it had ever before had. There is an immediacy to watching a live performance that you cannot get from hearing a recording.
Recent Examples on the Web Through this radiant picture window, Matisse—and, by extension, MoMA—offers us a rare portal into the immediacy of the creative act. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 21 May 2022 For him the 1990s slid by in the immediacy of childhood and the certainties of his parents’ faith. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 They are born of life-or-death scenarios, with an immediacy not easily excised by censors. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 From there, a business should be in a better position to combine the scale and breadth of machine learning models with the immediacy of third-party data. Vasudevan Sundarababu, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The immediacy of social media allows artists such as Vlada Ralko, Alevtina Kakhidze, and Gertruda Meyer to display their drawings of violence and atrocity to a wider audience and to chronicle their observations through paper and paint. Osman Can Yerebakan, Town & Country, 24 Mar. 2022 Now, a growing number of local publishers are cutting back on their print editions, pointing to rising costs and arguing consumers will prefer the immediacy and convenience of online news. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 The immediacy of the verse and the universality of family loss will surely bring new readers to Vuong — and to poetry. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Many here, extremely strong, express the immediacy, frontal presence and unique personalities found in early Roman Fayum mummy portraits. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immediacy

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Immediacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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