likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.
- im·mi·nent·ly, adverb
- im·mi·nent·ness, noun
- un·im·mi·nent, adjective
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How to use imminent in a sentence
No one should expect the imminent arrival of the Kingdom of Heaven.Want Unity For Real? Then America Needs to Get Back to Facts | Samar Ali, Bill Haslam and Jon Meacham | February 8, 2021 | Time
Now it would not be her work schedule but Carol’s imminent death that would limit the duration of their bond.A ‘money pit’ dog, an ailing owner and one big question | Diane Cole | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
The editor was correctly worried that his book, which was not slated to come out for weeks, would be overshadowed by the imminent publication of a massive series of stories on the papers, including their revelations about the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
In addition, schools would have been told they could seclude students in unlocked spaces and use other types of restraints only when there is an “imminent danger of serious physical harm” to the student or others.Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time | by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica | January 14, 2021 | ProPublica
Several alleged rioters have been arrested in the days following the insurrection, and the arrests of many more are likely imminent.The Capitol rioters put themselves all over social media. Now they’re getting arrested. | Sara Morrison | January 12, 2021 | Vox
Gävle Goat must be dreading the imminent holiday and his fifty-fifty chance of destruction.
Yet, the ever-visionary Van Gogh still feels the possibility of acclaim after his imminent death.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind | Nick Mafi | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Its arrival, experts say, is not just inevitable but imminent.
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. | Russell Saunders | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The only exception is military action to repel an imminent attack.
William has thus been happily able to report to the society the approaching conversion of M'Bongo and his imminent civilization.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
They tobogganed down hills without a brake at the imminent peril of their lives.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Altogether, we spent five consecutive days hovering around that collection of law-enforcers, in imminent risk of capture.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Fresh light may be shed on the matter by the battle now imminent, but I am cabling on reasoned existing facts.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Yet he kept on, hoping against imminent death itself that his words would reach some willing ear.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for imminent
liable to happen soon; impending
obsolete jutting out or overhanging
- imminence or imminentness, noun
- imminently, adverb
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