The word "there" indicates a point in space, and the word "then" indicates a point in time. Is there a word that indicates a point in spacetime, equal in meaning to "there and then"?

  • You might be able to bend instance or occasion to such meaning. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Jul 21 '12 at 5:23

Immediate may be what you are looking for. Immediate carries the sense of both space and time.

Forthwith is another word (adverb) which means the same as immediately.

  • "Immediate" is a word that has two separate meanings of "now" (as in "immediate results"), and "here" (as in "immediate surroundings"). And I've never heard the word "forthwith" used in a spacial sense. Neither mean "then". – Matthew Piziak Jul 20 '12 at 20:46
  • @MatthewPiziak: "Immediate aftermath" stands for then, don't you think? – Bravo Jul 21 '12 at 6:22
  • @Shyam; no, it means 'immediately after then'. – TimLymington Jul 27 '12 at 22:33

In physics, a point in space-time is known as an event.

(and a series of events is known as the world line)

My guess for a term which isn't jargon would be something like "spatiotemporal position" or "spatiotemporal coordinates". While I can't access its definition, "Temporospatial" also exists and is probably a synonym.


I don't think we have a word like that. I would rather use the phrase 'there and then', though I cannot think of a scenario where you would need that. Can you give me some more context here?

  • Something like, "Great! I'll meet you then and there." We'd like to use a single word instead the phrase. I don't think such a word exists. – Karl Wilbur Feb 27 '18 at 20:12

There can mean there, obviously.

There can also mean then:


### a. At that point or stage in action, proceeding, speech, or thought;
formerly sometimes referring to what immediately precedes or follows: at that
juncture; on that; on that occasion; then.

a1400  Relig. Pieces fr. Thornton MS. 77  At myn endynge..I pray þe lady
helpe me þare.

a1450  Le Morte Arth. 2388  The kynge Arthur Answerys thore Wordys that were
kene and throo.

a1450  Le Morte Arth. 3480  ‘A! false traytor’ he sayd thore.

1600  Shakespeare Merchant of Venice ii. viii. 46  And euen there his eye
being big with teares, turning his face, he put his hand behind  him.

1604  Shakespeare Hamlet ii. i. 19  And there put on him What forgeries you
please.                                                             (OED)

Hence, there can mean there and then.

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