AskDefine | Define imminence

Dictionary Definition

imminence n : the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon [syn: imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency, forthcomingness]

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

Extensive Definition

Imminence is the quality of being imminent, i.e. about to happen. Topics where the concept is utilised include:
Other uses of Imminent:

Similar spellings

  • Eminence (disambiguation)
  • Immanence, existence and action within the mind or the world; as opposed to transcendence

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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