Imminent definition

ĭmə-nənt
Likely to happen without delay; impending; often, specif., threatening, looming, etc.

Imminent danger.

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About to occur; impending.

In imminent danger.

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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.

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