eminent vs imminent vs immanent : Common Errors in English

About eminent vs imminent vs immanent

By far the most common of these words is “eminent,” meaning “prominent,famous.” “Imminent,” in phrases like “facing imminent disaster,” means“threatening.” It comes from Latin minere, meaning “to project oroverhang.” Think of a mine threatening to cave in. Positive events canalso be imminent: they just need to be coming soon. The rarest of thethree is “immanent,” used by philosophers to mean “inherent” and bytheologians to mean “present throughout the universe” when referring toGod. It comes from Latin manere, “remain.” Think of God creating man inhis own image.When a government exercises its power over private property it is drawing on its eminent status in society, so the proper legal phrase is “eminent domain.”

eminent Meaning(s)

  • (s) standing above others in quality or position
  • (s) of imposing height; especially standing out above others

imminent Meaning(s)

  • (s) close in time; about to occur

immanent Meaning(s)

  • (a) of a mental act performed entirely within the mind
  • (s) of qualities that are spread throughout something

eminent in News

  1. Fremont using eminent domain for crucial downtown road extension

    City officials say they have no plans right now to use eminent domain on other downtown properties, so nearby landlords and residents need not fear they're next for the wrecking ball.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Contra Costa Times

  2. "Eminent Domain" Back On Table Following Fed's Latest Bailout Proposal

    We first discussed the possibility of state and local governments using eminent domain to 'save us' from further housing issues a year ago but now the NY Fed has gone one step further with an academic-based justification for why this process is not a "zero-sum-game" and will render all stakeholders better off . We can hear echoes of "trust us" in this commentary as the authors explain how ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

  3. Eminent Domain Debate for Mortgages Revived by Fed Paper

    Eminent domain, which traditionally has been used by local governments to seize blighted property or other land for public good, may reduce foreclosures by helping borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth, Robert Hockett, a professor of financial law at Cornell University , said in the report, published June 9. The study may spur municipalities to reconsider the proposal after it was ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

imminent in News

  1. Hulu deal imminent as DirecTV reportedly wins bidding war

    A Hulu sale is imminent and DirecTV is the likely victor, according to multiple unnamed sources speaking to Pando Daily. This would be possibly the best case scenario for a strong Hulu move towards original content creation. DirecTV is a behemoth with 20 million subscribers and annual revenue of roughly $20 billion. It could easily afford to launch an aggressive slate of Netflix-type original ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: BGR News via Yahoo! News

  2. Gauge a School's Commitment to Diversity Before Enrolling

    When the Supreme Court makes its imminent decision on Fisher v. University of Texas--Austin, admissions criteria for every college in the United States may be affected.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

  3. WI abortion law likely to send women to MN

    The imminent move to make Wisconsin the ninth state to require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion will result in more women seeking abortion services in Minnesota, according to reproductive rights advocates.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul

immanent in News

  • Small fire burning in Utah County canyon

    A fire was burning Tuesday above the Third Water Hot Pots between Diamond Fork and Hobble Creek canyons in Utah County. What’s being called the Third Water Fire was 32 acres as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. A tweet from the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands said the blaze was not an immanent threat. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. The cause of the fire has not been disclosed.
    on August 7, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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