im·​me·​di·​a·​cy | \ i-ˈmē-dē-ə-sē , 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.

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But many of you appreciate the immediacy and convenience of Don Shelton, The Seattle Times, "Why readers’ feedback is so important to The Seattle Times’ mission," 28 Sep. 2018 More Film Reviews There’s another reason for the film’s immediacy, one that springs from Mr. Jenkins’s strategy for honoring a singular book by a peerless American writer. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Love Hoping for Justice," 13 Dec. 2018 The ice cream in this perfect sandwich is impossibly airy, dissolving with immediacy in your mouth like a frozen, vanilla-perfumed breeze. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Best Frozen Treats, Ranked," 22 May 2018 Every serious conversational exchange lands with remarkable immediacy. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Homecoming’ Review: For Those Who Served," 1 Nov. 2018 And the immediacy of television, with closeups capable of bringing us in tight on the performers' faces, gave Jesus and Mary Magdalene a complexity that often is missing from conventional productions. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert': TV Review," 2 Apr. 2018 My father knew pain and suffering with an intimacy and immediacy most of us are blessed never to have endured. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Meghan McCain's Eulogy for Her Father John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 Just as the intimacy and immediacy of hitchhiking has been supplanted by fear and suspicion, the phone call, particularly the cold call, now sends a chill down the spine. Janelle Nanos,, "Stop answering your phone," 6 Jan. 2018 Instead, the series is infused by a sense of intelligent curiosity and unforced immediacy. Maureen Ryan, New York Times, "‘The Staircase’ on Netflix Revisits a Genre-Defining Trial," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of immediacy

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of immediacy was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of immediacy

: the quality that makes something seem important or interesting because it is or seems to be happening now

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