Imminent Definition

About to occur; impending.
In imminent danger.
American Heritage
Likely to happen without delay; impending; often, specif., threatening, looming, etc.
Imminent danger.
Webster's New World

Origin of Imminent

  • Middle English iminent from Old French imminent from Latin imminēns imminent- present participle of imminēre to overhang in- in in–2 -minēre to jut, threaten men-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the present participle of Latin imminēre (“to overhang”), from mineō ("to project, overhang"), related to minae (English menace) and mons (English mount). Compare with eminent.

    From Wiktionary

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