Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Without delay; instantly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • At the present time; immediately; without delay: as, the party was compelled to plead instanter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Immediately; instantly; at once.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb immediately; instantly; without delay

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin, from Latin, urgently, from īnstāns, īnstant-, present; see instant.]

Examples

  • Nor could we thrust knowledge into their thick heads, and have them speak "instanter," the holy speech of man's humanity.

    An Apology for African Methodism

  • 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.

    Ivan Katz: The Philadelphia Orchestra's Unfortunate Bankruptcy Filing

  • Every trained-animal turn would be taken off the stage instanter, and we'd be all hunting for a job.

    CHAPTER XXVIII

  • 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.

    Killer Expectations

  • 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.

    THE NUMBERS

  • And, remember, we're talking of finding out information instanter and not for detainees whose information can best be culled through soft soap methods.

    Lionel: What Would You Not Do to Stop a Nuke?

  • And since peace and stability will be hard to achieve, we should pull out and let the “Srebrenica style massacres” commence instanter.

    Stromata Blog:

  • And since peace and stability will be hard to achieve, we should pull out and let the “Srebrenica style massacres” commence instanter.

    When Good News Is “A Real Big Problem”

  • That's why they should be tortured via rendition to Guantánamo instanter.

    Lionel: Jumbo Jets Tax Jumbo Passengers

  • Dr. Wang's Meta-Analysis of state polls, updated with RSS feed to his computer model instanter

    New York Times Falsely Says Obama Is "Struggling To Maintain Parity" In Polls With McCain

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  • (adv): old colloquial term that meant immediately or without delay; as "I will go instanter"

    January 15, 2009