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imminence

[im-uh-nuh ns] /ˈɪm ə nəns/
noun
1.
Also, imminency. the state or condition of being imminent or impending:
the imminence of war.
2.
something that is imminent, especially an impending evil or danger.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin imminentia. See imminent, -ence
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  • Many persons even recognize the imminence of an indisposition by the inability to recall proper names.
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  • At first, nothing happens, which means the air is uncomfortably charged with imminence.
  • The only difference is that the imminence of a collapse is higher during a banking crisis than during a sovereign debt crisis.
  • He provides two reasons to doubt the optimism of those declaring the imminence of recovery.
  • Depression relies heavily on a paralyzing sense of imminence.
  • Even our party has yet to grasp the significance and imminence of the coming debt crisis.
  • From these data a general picture of the seriousness of the situation--imminence of depletion--can be determined.
  • Need for the highway improvement and imminence of development.
Word Origin and History for imminence
n.

c.1600, from Late Latin imminentia, from Latin imminentem (see imminent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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