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[im-uh-nuh ns] /ˈɪm ə nəns/
Also, imminency. the state or condition of being imminent or impending:
the imminence of war.
something that is imminent, especially an impending evil or danger.
Origin of imminence
From the Late Latin word imminentia, dating back to 1600-10. See imminent, -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Dim indeed was the light, but his sight was keen, and quickened by the imminence of danger.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • "Not now," she cried, finding voice and word in the imminence of the peril.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Yes,” said she, brightening at the imminence of victory, “and she says she thinks it will be just the thing.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • His insides writhed with helplessness and the imminence of a crash.

    The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton
  • There was in the air an imminence of incident, acid and barbed.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • At a glance the latter understood the extent and the imminence of their danger.

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • There could be no doubt concerning the imminence of the danger.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • She felt the imminence of a disaster greater than that which had already occurred.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • She was aware of the imminence of her loss without deploring it.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
Word Origin and History for imminence

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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