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Impending; menacingly close at hand; threatening.

Imminent peril, for example, is danger that is certain, immediate, and impending, such as the type an individual might be in as a result of a serious illness or accident. The chance of the individual dying would be highly probable in such situation, as opposed to remote or contingent. For a gift causa mortis (Latin for "in anticipation of death") to be effective, the donor must be in imminent peril and must die as a result of it.


adjective about to be, about to happen, alarming, approaching, at hand, brewing, closing in, destined, drawing near, expected, following, forthcoming, future, imminere, impendent, impending, in store, in the offing, in the wind, in view, instant, likely to happen, looming, menacing, minatory, near, near at hand, nearing, next, ominous, on the way, oncoming, overhanging, portentous, praesens, predicted, prospective, threatening, threatening harm, upcoming
Associated concepts: imminent danger, imminent irreparaale harm, imminent peril
See also: close, forthcoming, future, inescapable, inevitable, instant, near, necessary, prospective, proximate
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He then emphasised that it was imminently possible and that too soon -- and that both the cricket boards were looking forward to that day.
On its back it carried the now infamous one-year "timber salvage rider," calling for the removal of trees diseased, insect-infested, dead, damaged, downed or imminently susceptible to any of those things.
Taking a page from Packard, it is also jargon-free and imminently readable.
We expect to be selling our VCF repair and our VCF augmentation systems imminently, both of which are designed for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).
Don't think: When a politician tells us that we're ``safer than ever before,'' this film suggests, it doesn't mean we're actually safe at all, just less imminently imperiled.
In April, councillors announced they expected a planning application imminently for a 120-bed hotel in the centre.
The Office of Management of the Budget and HPD expects these funds will be released imminently," she added.
Schatzman stated that he anticipated that the conversion of the APL Corporation case to Chapter 11 would occur imminently.
Nearly three-fourths of the 680 imminently endangered plants grow in five states or territories -- Hawaii, California, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico -- all biologically diverse regions undergoing rapid population growth and extensive land development.
are nearing completion of all materials and documentation required to executing the definitive agreement between the two companies and expects completion imminently in the upcoming days.
LANCASTER - With a suspension and fine expected imminently for JetHawks manager Wally Backman in the wake of his most recent tirade - during Tuesday's 5-3 victory over the San Jose Giants - it remains to be seen how many of the team's 13 remaining regular-season games the California League office will allow him to manage.
Merchant Services and a lease renewal for Welsh Publishing at 300 Madison Avenue; lease renewals for Impact Communications on the second floor and mezzanine of 15 East 41st Street and on the 11th and second floor of 9 East 41st Street; and expects to announce a retail lease for the corner store at 300 Madison Avenue imminently.