1. likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
  2. projecting or leaning forward; overhanging.


  1. liable to happen soon; impending
  2. obsolete jutting out or overhanging

1520s, from Middle French imminent (14c.) and directly from Latin imminentem (nominative imminens), present participle of imminere “to overhang; impend, be near, be at hand,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + minere “jut out,” related to mons “hill” (see mount (n.)). Related: Imminently.

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