Definition of immediacy in English:



mass noun
  • The quality of bringing one into direct and instant involvement with something, giving rise to a sense of urgency or excitement.

    ‘email works because it has the immediacy of a scribbled memo’
    • ‘For the first time the vivid immediacy of such acts was brought into the homes of millions.’
    • ‘The vocabulary of these pioneers was based on a primitivising language of simplicity and immediacy.’
    • ‘The immediacy and connectivity can expose great wrong; in just the same way, it can do great wrong.’
    • ‘It is these qualities, however, which lend their old folk material a crucial sense of immediacy and excitement.’
    • ‘Video art brought with it the temporal immediacy of the camera and the possibility of live transmission.’
    • ‘That immediacy works well, leading to differing reactions at key points from the teenagers and parents in the audience.’
    • ‘This means immediacy in the tone, even when the subject calls for some mediation.’
    • ‘For such a period movie the film is alive with a sense of immediacy that is rarely seen in modern cinema.’
    • ‘There is a quality of immediacy and reality in what writing is taken to be.’
    • ‘The result has a visceral, involving immediacy rare in Hollywood product.’
    • ‘It's that sense of immediacy and instant gratification that is part of the allure.’
    • ‘That element, and a sense of immediacy, is absent in a lot of the material produced in the last 20 years.’
    • ‘And by serving with a squeeze of lime juice and a minted cucumber salad, you add immediacy and freshness.’
    • ‘Her genius was to give a sense of immediacy to visions constructed slowly as works of art.’
    • ‘The new songs bristle with an excitement and immediacy that demand attention.’
    • ‘However, in filmmaking, honesty and immediacy are not virtues but strategies.’
    • ‘These bizarre stunts are entertaining and the handheld camera in dogged pursuit offers a sense of immediacy.’
    • ‘Direct comment regarding the passage of time allows immediacy to be tempered with distance.’
    • ‘Many people have been killed, but when television gets involved like this it seems to hit us with more immediacy.’
    • ‘And then there is the digital camera, with its immediacy, its clear and beautiful treatment of light.’
    rapidity, swiftness, speediness, alacrity, quickness, fastness, celerity, velocity, dispatch, promptness, expeditiousness, expedition, briskness, sharpness
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