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IMMEDIATE Definition & Legal Meaning

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1. Present; at once; without delay ; not deferred by any interval oftime. In this sense, the word, without any very precise signification, denotes that actionis or must be taken either instantly or without any considerable loss of time.Immediately does not, in legal proceedings, necessarily import the exclusion of anyinterval of time, it is a word of no very definite signification, and is much in subjectionto its grammatical connections. Howell v. Gaddis, 31 N. J. Law, 313.2. Not separated in respect to place; not separated by the intervention of any intermediateobject, cause, relation, or right. Thus we speak of an action as prosecuted forthe “immediate benefit” of A., of a devise as made to the “immediate issue” of B., etc.


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