high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished: eminent statesmen.
conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy: eminent fairness.
lofty; high: eminent peaks.
prominent; projecting; protruding: an eminent nose.

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēminent- (stem of ēminēns) outstanding (present participle of ēminēre to stick out, project), equivalent to ē- e-1 + min- (see imminent) + -ent- -ent

eminently, adverb
noneminent, adjective
quasi-eminent, adjective
quasi-eminently, adverb
uneminent, adjective
uneminently, adverb

eminent, immanent, imminent.

1. celebrated, renowned, illustrious, outstanding. 2. noted; notable.

1. unknown, obscure.

1. See famous.
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eminent (ˈɛmɪnənt)
1.  above others in rank, merit, or reputation; distinguished: an eminent scientist
2.  (prenominal) noteworthy, conspicuous, or outstanding: eminent good sense
3.  projecting or protruding; prominent
[C15: from Latin ēminēre to project, stand out, from minēre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. eminentem (nom. eminens), prp. of eminere "stand out, project," from ex- "out" + minere, related to mons "hill" (see mount). Legal eminent domain recorded from 1738.
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Example sentences
Now an eminent psychiatrist is charging that one famous patient has recently
  been misdiagnosed, and posthumously at that.
The university was set to use eminent domain to acquire the property.
Two of their sons became eminent in the church.
It's a good question, though, that bothered eminent scientists before you.
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