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.

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First loves remembered through a haze of memory, and first loves experienced with visceral immediacy (and rendered in graphic novel form). Elena Nicolaou,, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 Cameras were affixed to Sherpas’ helmets to heighten the immediacy of the footage. Michael Kodas, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mount Everest is packed. Whose fault is that?," 7 June 2019 The goal is to arrive at immediacy after reflection. Henry D. Fetter, WSJ, "‘Infinite Baseball’ Review: A Philosopher at the Ballpark," 28 Mar. 2019 For now, the subscription largely lacks the immediacy of breaking news. Tali Arbel, The Seattle Times, "Newspapers largely shun Apple’s news subscription service," 27 Mar. 2019 The book’s occasional character, far from rendering it ephemeral, gives it a prophetic immediacy. Edward Short, WSJ, "Eloquence in Defense of Order," 8 Mar. 2019 And their intensity of affection, their immediacy and attraction, cuts through the language barrier. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Here’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ like you’ve never seen it, with the star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English," 20 Feb. 2019 So skillfully does Clark set the scene that its immediacy is unsettling. WSJ, "Five Best: Christopher Knowlton on Westerns," 19 July 2018 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

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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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