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Forthwith

Immediately; promptly; without delay; directly; within a reasonable time under the circumstances of the case.

forthwith

adv. a term found in contracts, court orders, and statutes, meaning as soon as it can be reasonably done. It implies immediacy, with no excuses for delay.

forthwith

adverb as soon as can be reasonably expected, at once, immediately, instantaneously, instantly, promptly, quickly, straightaway, with all reasonable speed, with reasonable dispatch
See also: as soon as feasible, instant, instantly
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She often broke into a little, nervous, hysteric laugh, more touching than any tears could be; and forthwith, as if to try which was the most touching, a gush of tears would follow; or perhaps the laughter and tears came both at once, and surrounded our poor Hepzibah, in a moral sense, with a kind of pale, dim rainbow.
At this time, Anna,* my intended wife, came on; for I wrote to her immediately after my arrival at New York, (notwithstanding my homeless, houseless, and helpless condition,) informing her of my successful flight, and wishing her to come on forthwith.
An immediate interest kindled within me for the unknown Catherine, and I began forthwith to decipher her faded hieroglyphics.
Francis Clare was to send him forthwith into another quarter of the globe.
Altogether, the operation on the miser's mind was a task that Godfrey would be sure to hand over to his more daring and cunning brother: Dunstan had made up his mind to that; and by the time he saw the light gleaming through the chinks of Marner's shutters, the idea of a dialogue with the weaver had become so familiar to him, that it occurred to him as quite a natural thing to make the acquaintance forthwith.
If he will only put any such thoughts from his mind, I promise to proceed with the story in a brief and business- like manner forthwith.
Forthwith upright he rears from off the Pool His mighty Stature; on each hand the flames Drivn backward slope their pointing spires, & rowld In billows, leave i'th' midst a horrid Vale.
Already the poor man saw himself crowned by the might of his arm Emperor of Trebizond at least; and so, led away by the intense enjoyment he found in these pleasant fancies, he set himself forthwith to put his scheme into execution.
Robin saw more stars in that one moment than all the astronomers have since discovered, and forthwith he dropped neatly into the stream.
He ascended to the deck, and asked for the captain, who forthwith presented himself.
The three muffled men, with the clumsiest movements, scrambled out upon the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo, assisted by the man on the beach.
I heard it give a peculiar thick cry, and forthwith another of these creatures appeared darkly in the deep shadow of the aperture.