likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.

1520–30; < Latin imminent- (stem of imminēns), present participle of imminēre to overhang, equivalent to im- im-1 + -min- from a base meaning “jut out, project, rise” (cf. eminent, mount2) + -ent- -ent

imminently, adverb
imminentness, noun
unimminent, adjective

eminent, immanent, imminent.

1. near, at hand. Imminent, Impending, Threatening all may carry the implication of menace, misfortune, disaster, but they do so in differing degrees. Imminent may portend evil: an imminent catastrophe, but also may mean simply “about to happen”: The merger is imminent. Impending has a weaker sense of immediacy and threat than imminent : Real tax relief legislation is impending, but it too may be used in situations portending disaster: impending social upheaval; to dread the impending investigation. Threatening almost always suggests ominous warning and menace: a threatening sky just before the tornado struck.

1. distant, remote. Unabridged
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imminent (ˈɪmɪnənt)
1.  liable to happen soon; impending
2.  obsolete jutting out or overhanging
[C16: from Latin imminēre to project over, from im- (in) + -minēre to project; related to mons mountain]

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Word Origin & History

1528, from L. imminentem (nom. imminens), prp. of imminere "to overhang, impend, be near," from in- "into" + minere "jut out," related to mons "hill" (see mount).
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Example sentences
For all the concern expressed about the imminent demise of the college library,
  librarians are needed more than ever.
It grieves for lost influence, or fears the imminent loss of influence, and it
  shudders at an increasingly shabby present.
It was understood that flies were a transmission vector for disease, and a
  public-health crisis seemed imminent.
Newspapers were mildly concerned about falling circulation rather than in an
  all-out panic about imminent collapse.
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