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Immediat, a., (n.). Also: -ate, immedyate. [med. L. immediatus, e.m.E. immediate (1533).]

1. Having no other person intervening in order, succession, etc.; succeeding directly, proximate, next.(1) c1420 Wynt. v. 4767.
This Pape … Wes archedene till Sylveryus, Hys predecessore immedyate
(2) 1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 347/2.
Ay and quhill the rychtuis aire and superior immediat to his hienes recover the sammyn [lands]
Ib.; 1516 Ib. 444/2.
Quhilkis landis ar now decernit to pertene to his hienes be resoun of nonentre of his immediate tennent of thaim
1540 Acts II. 375/1.
The saidis apprisit landis to be haldin of the immediat superiour therof
1600 Acts IV. 251/1.
Andro Erle of Rothes, heretable fewfirmorar and immediat tennent of the landis of Parkhill
(3) 1492 Douglas Chart. 133.
The saidis landis … sall frely rewart to the aier of the said Cuthbert, mediat or immediat
1567 Montgomery Mem. 204.
The said Johnne … as air immediat to the said … Arthour

2. a. With no space intervening; directly beside. 1495 Reg. Cupar A. I. 246.
The Bewmont hil, contigew and immediate of the est syde of the twa acris set … til Wil Mason
1545 Chart. Coupar A. II. 196.
Tuay [acres of land] lyand upoune the west syde of the Baitschelehill nixt and immediate on the est syde

b. Of a direct nature. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 20/7.
Giue ȝe haue na mair testimonie for ȝour lauchfull vocatioun immediat, than ȝe haue schawin

3. n. A direct communication or action, one involving no intermediary. 1645 Rutherford Tr. Faith (1845) 382.
Christ is speedy, and swift as a roe; … especially in his immediates

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