Origin of imminentClassical Latin imminens, present participle of imminere, to project over, threaten from in-, on + minere, to project: see menace
The definition of imminent is something that is likely to happen very soon.
An example of imminent is a meteorologist saying a hurricane will reach a certain area.
likely to happen without delay; impending; often, specif., threatening, looming, etc.: imminent danger
About to occur; impending: in imminent danger.
Origin of imminentMiddle English iminent from Old French imminent from Latin imminēns imminent- present participle of imminēre to overhang in- in ; see in- 2. -minēre to jut, threaten ; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more imminent, superlative most imminent)
- The birth of her child was imminent, if not past due.
- When an attack was imminent, I called Brady and made him swear to take care of you.
- As Richard of York gained influence, Kempe became unpopular; men called him "the cursed cardinal," and his fall seemed imminent when he died suddenly on the 22nd of March 1454.
- In 1678 war seemed imminent between France and England.
- There was no luggage standing by to indicate an imminent departure.