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

  • n. The quality or condition of being about to occur.
  • n. Something about to occur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or condition of being about to happen, imminent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being imminent; a threatening, as of something about to happen. The imminence of any danger or distress.
  • n. That which is imminent; impending evil or danger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or condition of being imminent.
  • n. That which is imminent; impending evil or danger.

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

  • n. the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon


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  • Through the course of the second century, the notion of imminence diminished in importance, and faith in the kingdom above began to supplant the kingdom ahead.

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  • Before these preparations, which recalled the imminence of the

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  • At the end of October Amnesty International warned of the "imminence" of his execution.

    No gays in Iran, except on death row

  • I'd be very curious to hear whether . . . others think that the Brandenburg "imminence" requirements should apply under either or both of these two circumstances.


  • It became a drone that lulled Esme's thoughts back to herself, and there she found the pulse of a different kind of imminence - something within her, awakening, changing: the end of one thing and the terrifying, glorious beginning of something else.

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  • This did not require a showing of the "imminence" of an attack but rather allowed military force to disrupt a putative attacker's military capability so that it could not even get to the point of an "imminent" attack.

    Army Rumour Service

  • "imminence," at which point it's too late, and will act preemptively when it deems it necessary - if need be without support, tacit or otherwise, from various international organizations and alliances

    Cold Fury

  • Particularly if Obama were given an August briefing on the imminence of employment collapse.

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  • One of the books on a stack that called to me in that store was a collection by John Updike, "Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism," which features a 2000 essay in which Updike, who died of cancer in 2009, presciently accepts the imminence of hand-held reading devices but laments the loss of books as physical things:

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  • SIMON: And Dina, any reason to think that the imminence of midterm elections has anything to do with the timing of these bombings?

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