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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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No doubt, normal service will be resumed imminently.
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From August 1 security service and Home Office websites will rate the level as: Critical - attack expected imminently.
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.
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