- 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 imminently
They are imminently necessary given geo-political conditions.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
She would be imminently stronger running to succeed a President Obama whose policies have finally brought the nation through.Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs With Their Speeches
September 8, 2012
Lewis has yet to file the new cases but says he plans to do so “imminently.”Phone-Hacking Scandal Comes to the U.S.
April 11, 2012
The Victorians are imminently dissatisfied and would seem to have a right to be so.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Again and again, there seemed to be no possible escape from the destruction which imminently menaced them.The Irish at the Front
It was too obvious now that their situation was imminently perilous to need the aid of language to confirm it.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
The enclosed papers will explain to you a case which imminently endangers the peace of the United States with Spain.
It is a protest and a warning against those which are imminently threatened.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume X (of 20)
- liable to happen soon; impending
- obsolete jutting out or overhanging
Word Origin and History for imminently
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.