imminence imminence  /ˈɪ mə nəns/


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


  1. If Bush wins a second term, only the imminence of a major diplomatic victoryin the Middle East, for examplecould induce him to stay a short while longer.
  2. Perhaps the imminence of her own mortality had helped her find this precious balance and perspective.
  3. As the galaxy careers toward catastrophe, the imminence of total war unites them, gives emotional weight to their puppy love, makes their romance more urgent.


  • Scientists Explain Images of ‘North Pole Lake,’ Sudden Disappearance

    Environment Last week, images of a scientific observation buoy near the North Pole that appeared to be floating in a large lake (where there should be ice) sparked a widespread frenzy online regarding the possible imminence of global warming disaster. Now, the lake has disappeared—and scientists have stated that the images, however panic-inducing they may appear, actually represent normal Arctic ...
    on August 1, 2013     Source: Opposing Views


  1. "There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat," Tenet writes in a devastating judgment that is likely to be debated for many years.
    on Apr 27, 2007 By: George Tenet Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We have far more knowledge of al Qaeda," Mr. Hayden said. "And although the threat continues, the imminence of the attack is not apparent to us."
    on Feb 7, 2008 By: Michael Hayden Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. "It's the way he frames his physical choices as an actor," Mr. Greengrass said. "It's not just: oh, they're after me, I've got to run; it's about finding in what he does an impulsion to move. There's an imminence about his acting."
    on Oct 30, 2009 By: Paul Greengrass Source: New York Times

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