2. Before midday; applicable to the hours between midnight and the following noon.
2. In medicine, situated anteriorly and to the medial side; preferred to anterointernal.
2. In medicine, situated anteriorly and toward the median plane.
Another meaning is "moderation in all things" which is interpreted as a willingness to live out one's days without taking great risks or without indulging in excesses. Horace, in his Odes, is said to mean, "Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a hovel and free from the envy of a palace."
2. Having one part or side developed more than, or differently from, the other part or side.
2. Freedom from intermediate or intervening agency; direct relation or connexion; directness; such as, "The immediacy of live-television news coverage."
2. That which directly touches or concerns a person or thing; having a direct bearing.
This word came from Middle English immediat, from Old French, from Late Latin immediatus. Etymologically, Latin in-, "not" and the past participle of mediare, "to be in the middle".
In 1392, imediat meant: "intervening, interposed"; later, in about 1410, it had the meaning of "absolute, conclusive"; then, probably before 1425, immediate took on the meaning of "nothing between, direct".
With reference to time, the meaning of "coming at once, done without delay", is found in 1558.