imminence

Imminence is when something is just about to occur. You might talk about the imminence of snow on a cold, cloudy winter morning.

The noun imminence is good for describing the quality of something that's likely to happen soon. It comes from the adjective imminent, or "about to happen." A small country might worry about the imminence of invasion from a larger country, or you could predict the imminence of your dog running to bark at the door after hearing him growl at a noise outside. The Latin root word is imminere, "to overhang, impend, or be near."

Definitions of imminence
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n the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon

Synonyms:
forthcomingness, imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

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