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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Pinot Noir is lightly tannined, transparent, casually profound in the right hands — but Passetoutgrain’s charm and immediacy come from the Gamay, which is itself a lens for terroir but which is that much more accessible in its youth. Patrick Comiskey,, "Alternatives to Burgundy, from Burgundy," 29 June 2018 Both possessed bright red fruit flavors — strawberries, red raspberries, Montmorency cherries — light, forward, juicy and translucent, with textures that emphasize immediacy over complexity. Patrick Comiskey,, "Why you should be drinking Gamay Noir this summer," 11 July 2018 The men look so much of their time (immediacy) as to seem to have stepped outside of time (as in a fairy tale). Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 These works create a feeling of immediacy but also one of experimentation, as if the artists were constantly probing the limits of what was possible amid landscapes of political repression. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Holtcamp's vision is successful here in evoking the sense of immediacy - even desperation - in matters of romance that war evokes. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Shakespeare Fest's 'All's Well' a rare, but frustrating comedy," 5 June 2018 Their study of three fishermen — one of them wears a top hat! — is emblematic of so many early photographs in combining the inexplicable rightness of a fairy tale with the immediacy of something just around the corner. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 Iceland have become notorious for their mighty chant, which blows all opposition out of the park with its power and immediacy., "5 of the Best Fan Chants in Russia," 5 July 2018 Opportunities abound in the digital world for immediacy in communications, as everyone knows and Trump demonstrates with every tweet. Washington Post, "How quaint: US-NKorea diplomacy via exchange of letters," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of immediacy

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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