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What does eminent mean?
Eminent means high in station, rank, or reputation.
Its noun form, eminence, refers to a position of superiority, high rank or status, or fame.
Someone who is eminent is prominent or distinguished in some way, especially within a particular field. The word is often associated with scholars.
Eminent is similar to prominent but is perhaps even more positive. Someone who is prominent is well-known and often important. Someone who is considered eminent is often both well-known and well-respected. Still, the words are often used in overlapping ways.
The word preeminent means extremely eminent—eminent or outstanding above all others.
The adverb eminently usually just means highly or very. It’s typically used to modify (describe) adjectives, as in She is eminently qualified.
Example: He has achieved prominence in his field of study and is one of the most eminent scholars in the nation.
Where does eminent come from?
The first records of the word eminent come from around 1400. It comes from the Latin verb ēminēre, meaning “to stand out.” The suffix -ence is used in nouns to indicate a state or condition and corresponds to the suffix -ent in adjectives (such as eminent).
People who are eminent stand out in their field, usually due to having accomplished many things and having earned the respect of their colleagues or the public.
Eminent should not be confused with imminent, which means likely to occur at any time.
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Eminent is typically used in positive contexts involving someone who has earned a high status, rank, or level of respect.
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— European Research Council (ERC) (@ERC_Research) February 26, 2020
Next month—eminent China scholar David Shambaugh presents his newest book, which explores U.S.-China competition in Southeast Asia, with @AsiaSociety's @orvilleschell. https://t.co/MswlJPZcdi
— Asia Society (@AsiaSociety) November 6, 2020
Eminent mathematician Professor CS Seshadri, known for his contributions in algebraic geometry and mathematical education, died on Friday. He was 88.https://t.co/aBU7Y8oT0x
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) July 19, 2020
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It didn’t matter that eminent statisticians and psychologists panned significance testing from the start.How the strange idea of ‘statistical significance’ was born|Bruce Bower|August 12, 2021|Science News
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President Lyndon Johnson weighed in; national symposia of eminent men were held to discuss the issue.The Myth of the Central Park Five|Edward Conlon|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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It is today regarded as a pre-eminent artistic commentary on apartheid.In Palestinian Theater's New York Performance, the Play After the Play is the Thing|Lisa Goldman|September 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
William Hewson died; an eminent English anatomist, and medical author.
Gottfried Achenwall, an eminent German lecturer on statistics, history and the laws of nature, died at Gttingen.
John Pickering, an eminent American philologist, died at Boston, aged 60.
Nicholas Piccini, an eminent musical composer, died at Naples.
Richard Cumberland died; eminent as a British poet, essayist, novelist and dramatic writer.