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[im-uh-nuh ns]
  1. Also im·mi·nen·cy. the state or condition of being imminent or impending: the imminence of war.
  2. something that is imminent, especially an impending evil or danger.
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Origin of imminence

From the Late Latin word imminentia, dating back to 1600–10. See imminent, -ence
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Examples from the Web for imminency

Historical Examples

  • Conference is on this Imminency of War, and as to what shall be done in it.

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVII. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • I have not understood to what point they were ordered; but it indicates the imminency of a battle.

  • The latter, although fully alive to the imminency of the peril, lost not her composure at this trying moment.

    The Prairie-Bird

    Charles Augustus Murray

  • Seeing, then, the imminency of the peril in which you stand, you will do well to avoid it while there is yet time.

    The Lancashire Witches

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • The imminency of danger is past; but there will still be many bad moments to get through, before reaching the end of the Campaign.

Word Origin and History for imminency



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

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