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eminent

[em-uh-nuh nt] /ˈɛm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished:
eminent statesmen.
2.
conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy:
eminent fairness.
3.
lofty; high:
eminent peaks.
4.
prominent; projecting; protruding:
an eminent nose.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
eminently, adverb
noneminent, adjective
quasi-eminent, adjective
quasi-eminently, adverb
uneminent, adjective
uneminently, adverb
Can be confused
eminent, immanent, imminent.
Synonyms
1. celebrated, renowned, illustrious, outstanding. 2. noted; notable.
Antonyms
1. unknown, obscure.
Synonym Study
1. See famous.
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Examples for eminently
  • Thus they serve eminently the mission of the university press.
  • And without doubt this strategy has so far proved eminently successful, successful enough to change civilization completely.
  • The leaves and stems are poisonous, but the fruit is eminently edible.
  • When the economy isn't hiring, coops are eminently appealing as full-time engineering jobs are scarce.
  • The answer is yes: there is indeed an alternative, and experience is proving that it is an eminently realistic one.
  • And that proves it's eminently possible for life to form from lifelessness.
  • The answer, delivered with eminently sensible moderation and humor, is yes and no.
  • If it succeeds, then every dollar spent is eminently worthwhile.
  • When it was written it was an eminently modern novel.
  • It's an eminently printable phrase, but it cleanly misses the mark.
British Dictionary definitions for eminently

eminently

/ˈɛmɪnəntlɪ/
adverb
1.
extremely eminently sensible

eminent

/ˈɛmɪnənt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
eminently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēminēre to project, stand out, from minēre to stand
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Word Origin and History for eminently
eminent
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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