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See also: imminént
- about to happen, occur, or take place very soon, especially of something which won't last long.
- 1927, Whitney v. California:
- To courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government, no danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion.
- 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 42:
- The Second World War was reaching fever pitch, with the entire Allied effort in top gear for the imminent invasion of Europe, while later that month buzz bombs would start falling on London.
- Imminent and eminent are very similar sounds, and are weak rhymes; in dialects with the pin-pen merger, these become homophones. A typo of either word may result in a correction to the wrong word by spellchecking software. Imminent is also sometimes confused with immanent (which see).
- Said of danger, threat and death.
about to happen, occur, or take place very soon
- “imminent”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “imminent”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- imminent at OneLook Dictionary Search
imminent m or f (masculine and feminine plural imminents)
- “imminent” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “imminent”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2023
- “imminent” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “imminent” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
- “imminent”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.