- likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
- projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.
Origin of imminent
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Examples from the Web for imminent
Gävle Goat must be dreading the imminent holiday and his fifty-fifty chance of destruction.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
Yet, the ever-visionary Van Gogh still feels the possibility of acclaim after his imminent death.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
Its arrival, experts say, is not just inevitable but imminent.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
When crawling and walking are imminent, I talk with parents about getting the house ready.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
The only exception is military action to repel an imminent attack.Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
From the very beginning of the session their overthrow was imminent.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The country doctor had come, too, finding Tillie's trial not imminent.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
With great difficulty and imminent danger he succeeded in reaching her.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Within the bounds of possibility, their turn to stumble might now be imminent.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
For a moment they were tense with the tenseness of imminent death.Pirates of the Gorm
- liable to happen soon; impending
- obsolete jutting out or overhanging
Word Origin and History for imminent
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.