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Imminent

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.

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Most neighbouring countries are opposed to military intervention in Zimbabwe, where the United Nations says half the population faces imminent starvation.
The answer is probably "no" and this attitude has rescued me from imminent starvation on several occasions.
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In Life Before Man, which is about survival and extinction, four sexually involved characters play a parlor game called "Lifeboat." 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.
Refugee camps outside Syria's borders are barely coping and reports from some besieged communities inside the country have warned of imminent starvation. The UN says more than 100,000 people have died since the crisis began.
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.
A British Red Cross logistics team is flying to the stricken country where more than 3 million people, including one million children, face imminent starvation.