imminence n : the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon [syn: imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency, forthcomingness]
- The state or condition of being about to happen, imminent.
Imminence is the quality of being imminent, i.e. about to happen. Topics where the concept is utilised include:
- In law:
- Imminent threat, justification for the use of force in international law
- Right of self-defense for civilians requires a similar "imminent" threat
- Assault (tort), requires that harm is imminent, even if harm does not in fact occur
- Imminent lawless action, justification for restriction of free speech, superseding the earlier "clear and present danger"
- Exigent circumstance, justification for law enforcement to enter property without a warrant, may involve imminence
- End time, religious beliefs regarding the imminence or otherwise of the end of the world
- Mayday (distress signal), meaning "grave and imminent danger"
Other uses of Imminent:
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