What does imminent mean?

Definitions for imminent
ˈɪm ə nəntim·mi·nent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. at hand(p), close at hand(p), imminent, impendent, impendingadjective

    close in time; about to occur

    "retribution is at hand"; "some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand"; "in imminent danger"; "his impending retirement"


  1. imminentadjective

    about to happen, occur, or take place very soon, especially of something which won't last long.

  2. Etymology: From the present participle of, from mineo, related to mons (English mount). Compare with eminent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMMINENTadjective

    Impending; at hand; threatning. Always in an ill sense.

    Etymology: imminent, Fr. imminens, Lat.

    What dangers at any time are imminent, what evils hang over our heads, God doth know, and not we. Richard Hooker.

    Three times to-day
    You have defended me from imminent death. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    These she applies for warnings and portents
    Of evils imminent; and on her knee
    Hath begg'd, that I will stay at home to-day. William Shakespeare.

    To them preach'd
    Conversion and repentance, as to souls
    In prison, under judgments imminent. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Men could not sail without imminent danger and inconveniences. Alexander Pope.


  1. imminent

    Imminent refers to something that is about to happen or occur very soon, usually with a sense of urgency or immediate impending. It implies that an event or situation is likely to occur within a short period of time or is approaching rapidly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imminentadjective

    threatening to occur immediately; near at hand; impending; -- said especially of misfortune or peril

  2. Imminentadjective

    full of danger; threatening; menacing; perilous

  3. Imminentadjective

    (With upon) Bent upon; attentive to

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imminent

    im′i-nent, adj. near at hand: threatening: impending.—n. Imm′inence.—adv. Imm′inently. [L. imminens, -entisin, upon, minēre, to project.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imminent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imminent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of imminent in a Sentence

  1. Peter Ustinov:

    There is no question but that if Jesus Christ, or a great prophet from another religion, were to come back today, he would find it virtually impossible to convince anyone of his credentials despite the fact that the vast evangelical machine on American television is predicated on His imminent return among us sinners.

  2. Rob Bryngelson:

    There is nothing imminent. Are there ongoing discussions ? Sure, we've had banks, infrastructure funds, MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships), interest from suppliers. Nothing has really tickled our fancy yet and let me make it clear we're not actively marketing our company.

  3. Urban Institute researcher Bryce Peterson:

    Not every person in prison for a 'violent offense' is a murderer or an imminent danger to the public.

  4. Qassem Soleimani:

    I shed no tears for Irans General Suleimani, but his assassination at Trumps personal order risks a massive Persian Gulf war and also violated both domestic and international law unless it was demonstrably necessary to prevent an imminent lethal attack by Suleimani.

  5. Army Gen. Mark Milley:

    I will be happy when the appropriate time comes and in front of the proper committees and anybody else, through history and every -- I will stand by the intelligence I saw, that it was compelling, it was imminent, and it was very, very clear in scale, scope, did it exactly say who, what, when, where ? No, but he was planning, coordinating and synchronizing significant combat operations against Army Gen. Mark Milley military forces in the region and it was imminent.

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