I adjective abrupt, expeditious, hasty, hurried, immediate, instant, occurring in an instant, praesens, prompt, quick, rapid, simultaneous, speedy, subitus, swift, without delay, without perceptible time lapse II index immediate (at once), prompt, summary, unexpected

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