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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.

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. Mike Moiseyev:

    When Questcor deprived [ babies ] of an imminent alternative in the form of Synacthen, they truly became victims of that scheme.

  2. Don Aaron:

    We believe the imminent threat has been ended.

  3. John McCain:

    A North Korean missile with a nuclear payload capable of striking an American city is no longer a distant hypothetical, but an imminent danger -- one that poses a real and rising risk of conflict.

  4. Chief Executive Marc Edwards:

    Some of the larger diversified oilfield service providers have declared a bottom in activity and are suggesting that a recovery is imminent, while this may be the case for certain onshore basins, it is not so for deepwater drilling.

  5. Chris Cuomo:

    It’s all B.S., i lived a situation like that and it does n’t have to be real, the threat, for you to believe it’s imminent.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. epidemic
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. indiscernible
    • D. proprietary

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