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imminent

[im-uh-nuh nt] /ˈɪm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
likely to occur at any moment; impending:
Her death is imminent.
2.
projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.
Origin
1520-1530
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
Related forms
imminently, adverb
imminentness, noun
unimminent, adjective
Can be confused
eminent, immanent, imminent.
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. distant, remote.
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British Dictionary definitions for imminently

imminent

/ˈɪmɪnənt/
adjective
1.
liable to happen soon; impending
2.
(obsolete) jutting out or overhanging
Derived Forms
imminence, imminentness, noun
imminently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin imminēre to project over, from im- (in) + -minēre to project; related to mons mountain
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Word Origin and History for imminently

imminent

adj.

1520s, from Middle French imminent (14c.) and directly from Latin imminentem (nominative imminens), present participle of imminere "to overhang; impend, be near, be at hand," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + minere "jut out," related to mons "hill" (see mount (n.)). Related: Imminently.

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