American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Without delay; instantly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- At the present time; immediately; without delay: as, the party was compelled to plead instanter. When used of legal proceedings, it is usually deemed to mean within twenty-four hours. In some jurisdictions, when said of an act to be done in open court, it is construed to mean before the rising of the court for the day; of any other act affecting the record, before the hour for closing the clerk's office for the day.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Immediately; instantly; at once.
- Medieval Latin, from Latin, urgently, from īnstāns, īnstant-, present; see instant. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Nor could we thrust knowledge into their thick heads, and have them speak "instanter," the holy speech of man's humanity.”
“These gentlemen and ladies who have betrayed a public trust and who have sought to hide their failures behind a smoke-screen of "it is all the fault of these over-paid, greedy musicians" deserve forced retirement instanter.”
“Every trained-animal turn would be taken off the stage instanter, and we'd be all hunting for a job.”
“In the case of suicide-by-cop, the guy who is angling to get shot also knows that if the police think he has a weapon and is about to use it, they are trained to stop him instanter.”
“I'll come to that presently; my immediate response, when Pinkerton sprang his mine, was to question his sanity and decline at the top of my voice, pointing out that if he didn't drum up Lyons instanter, Palmerston would have a fit, the Queen would be most displeased, we might well burn Washington again, and he, Pinkerton, would find himself selling matches on the street corner.”
“That's why they should be tortured via rendition to Guantánamo instanter.”
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“And, remember, we're talking of finding out information instanter and not for detainees whose information can best be culled through soft soap methods.”
“And since peace and stability will be hard to achieve, we should pull out and let the “Srebrenica style massacres” commence instanter.”
“Obama's great empathy for America's wounded servicemen evaporated instanter.”
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