Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Without unnecessary delay. See 86 Ala. 558, 11 Am. St. Rep. 67, 6 South. S3.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    As soon as, by reasonable exertion, confined to the object, a thing may be done. Thus, when a defendant is ordered to plead forthwith, he must plead within twenty-four hours. When a statute enacts that an act is to be done "forthwith," it means that the act is to be done within a reasonable time. 1 Chit. Archb. Pr. (12th Ed.) 164; Dickerman v. Northern Trust Co., 176 U. S, 181, 20 Sup. Ct. 311, 44 L. Ed. 423; Faivre v. Manderscheid, 117 Iowa, 724, 90 N. W. 76; Martin v. Pifer, 96 Ind. 248.