from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of high rank, station, or quality; noteworthy: eminent members of the community.
  • adj. Outstanding, as in character or performance; distinguished: an eminent historian. See Synonyms at noted.
  • adj. Towering or standing out above others; prominent: an eminent peak.

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  • adj. high, lofty; towering; prominent.
  • adj. noteworthy, remarkable, great
  • adj. of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. High; lofty; towering; prominent.
  • adj. Being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth, high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation; distinguished; conspicuous

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prominent; standing out above other things; high; lofty.
  • High in rank, office, worth, or public estimation; conspicuous; highly distinguished: said of a person or of his position: as, an eminent station; an eminent historian or poet. It is rarely used in a bad sense.
  • Conspicuous; such as to attract attention; manifest: as, the judge's charge was characterized by eminent fairness; an eminent example of the uncertainty of circumstantial evidence.
  • Supreme; controlling; unrestrained by higher right or authority: chiefly in the phrase eminent domain (which see, under domain).
  • In mineralogy, highly perfect: said of cleavage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of imposing height; especially standing out above others
  • adj. standing above others in quality or position


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin ēminēns, ēminent-, present participle of ēminēre, to stand out : ē-, ex-, ex- + -minēre, to jut out; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin present participle eminens, eminentis, from verb ēmineō ("I project, I protrude"), from ex- ("out of, from") + mineō, related to mons (English mount). Compare with imminent. Unrelated to emanate, which is instead from mānō ("I flow").


  • God has the ideas in an eminent manner (˜eminent™ is discussed further below), and these ideas are the objects of His thought.

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  • Of course, the final Chinese “advantage” appears to be a very fast, cheap, and certain eminent domain process: just bribe a few officials and send hired thugs to kick the people out of their homes and businesses.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » It’s Just Going to Get Worse

  • He called the eminent feminist author Kate Millett "big tits" and tried to kiss her before the live show was taken off air and replaced with a grainy documentary about coal mining.

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  • The use of private contractors to develop property taken in eminent domain shall not be construed or interpreted as a commercial venture or other prohibited taking, if the final disposition of the property is for the direct use of the People.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment

  • The ones who stood firm had their homes bulldozed and received nothing.5 This is known as eminent domain.

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  • Supreme Court decision gives government broad latitude in eminent domain cases if taking property provides a public benefit.

    N.H. voters opt to curb eminent domain; smaller House districts also at stake

  • The same is true of the amicus briefs in eminent domain litigation.

    Back to the Bench, Andy

  • Is it impossible to mention the role of the government in eminent domain without being Republican propaganda?

    Back to the Bench, Andy

  • The case of course was “Kelo vs. New London”, which perverted the Constitution by interpreting the 5th Amendment to mean property which is transferred from one private owner to another counts as “public use” in eminent domain.

    Think Progress » New York court nixes gay marriage.

  • A certain eminent Rabbi had spoken over the radio rather disparagingly of what is called the Christian Spirit.

    International Relations


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  • standing above others in quality or position

    Shakespeare is an eminent author in the English language, but I find his writing uninteresting and melodramatic.

    October 19, 2016


    By far the most common of these words is “eminent,” meaning “prominent, famous.” “Imminent,” in phrases like “facing imminent disaster,” means “threatening.” . . . Positive events can also be imminent: they just need to be coming soon. The rarest of the three is “immanent,” used by philosophers to mean “inherent” and by theologians to mean “present throughout the universe” when referring to ​a god.

    Please follow the link for handy mnemonics and more usage notes.

    January 1, 2011