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mediate +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈmiːdi.ətli/
  • Hyphenation: me‧di‧ate‧ly


mediately (not comparable)

  1. In a mediate manner, by the intervention of an intermediary agent or means; indirectly. [from 15th c.]
    Synonym: indirectly
    Antonyms: directly, immediately
    • 1665, Robert Hooke, Micrographica, XLIII:
      A second [question] is, whether these Eggs are immediately dropt into the Water by the Gnats themselves, or, mediately, are brought down by the falling rain []
    • 1861, Sir William Hamilton, The Metaphysics of Sir William Hamilton (page 318)
      The Leibnitzio-Wolfians distinguish three acts in the process of representative cognition: — 1° the act of representing a (mediate) object to the mind; 2° the representation, or, to speak more properly, representamen, itself as an (immediate or vicarious) object exhibited to the mind; 3° the act by which the mind is conscious, immediately of the representative object, and, through it, mediately of the remote object represented.