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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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The answer is probably "no" and this attitude has rescued me from imminent starvation on several occasions.
By the end of September 2000, over 60,000 units had been delivered and had helped blunt the threat of imminent starvation in the camps.
Faced with imminent starvation, players must assert their claim to space in the boat.
But scientific opinion remains split on whether cannibalism was practiced routinely and systematically at such locations or occurred only in rare cases of imminent starvation.
However, let's put ourselves in that position once and think how we would have handled that desperate situation where you had no ways of earning a living, despite trying hard nor you had anything to feed your kids crying for food to save them from the imminent starvation.