1. [syn: immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shot]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Forthwith \Forth`with"\ (? or ?; see With), adv.
1. Immediately; without delay; directly.
Immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
scales; and he received sight forthwith. --Acts ix.
2. (Law) As soon as the thing required may be done by
reasonable exertion confined to that object. --Bouvier.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening;
"he answered immediately"; "found an answer
straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should
be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn:
immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight
off, directly, now, right away, at once,
forthwith, like a shot]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
50 Moby Thesaurus words for "forthwith":
PDQ, abruptly, all at once, all together, apace, at a blow,
at a stroke, at once, at one blow, at one jump, at one stroke,
at one swoop, at one time, away, decisively, directly,
expeditiously, immediately, in a hurry, in no time, instanter,
instantly, now, on the instant, on the spot, per saltum,
pretty damned quick, promptly, pronto, quickly, right away,
right now, right off, simultaneously, smartly, speedily,
straightaway, straightway, subito, sudden, suddenly, summarily,
swiftly, then and there, this minute, this very minute, uno saltu,
with all speed, without delay, without further delay
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
FORTHWITH. When a thing is to be done forthwith, it seems that it must be
performed as soon as by reasonable exertion, confined to that object, it may
be done. This is the import of the term; it varies, of course, with every
particular case. 4 Tyr. 837; Styles' Register, 452, 3.