imminent

[ im-uh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈɪm ə nənt /

adjective

likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.

Origin of imminent

1520–30; < Latin imminent- (stem of imminēns), present participle of imminēre to overhang, equivalent to im- im-1 + -min- from a base meaning “jut out, project, rise” (cf. eminent, mount2) + -ent- -ent

SYNONYMS FOR imminent

1 near, at hand. Imminent, Impending, Threatening all may carry the implication of menace, misfortune, disaster, but they do so in differing degrees. Imminent may portend evil: an imminent catastrophe, but also may mean simply “about to happen”: The merger is imminent. Impending has a weaker sense of immediacy and threat than imminent : Real tax relief legislation is impending, but it too may be used in situations portending disaster: impending social upheaval; to dread the impending investigation. Threatening almost always suggests ominous warning and menace: a threatening sky just before the tornado struck.

OTHER WORDS FROM imminent

im·mi·nent·ly, adverbim·mi·nent·ness, nounun·im·mi·nent, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imminent

eminent immanent imminent
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British Dictionary definitions for imminent

imminent
/ (ˈɪmɪnənt) /

adjective

liable to happen soon; impending
obsolete jutting out or overhanging

Derived forms of imminent

imminence or imminentness, nounimminently, adverb

Word Origin for imminent

C16: from Latin imminēre to project over, from im- (in) + -minēre to project; related to mons mountain
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