Definition of immediacy in US English:



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

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