While the words "eminent" and "imminent" sound similar, they have very different meanings. Eminent refers to prominent and distinguished people whereas imminent refers to something that is about to occur.

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Meaning "Eminent" means standing above others in quality or position; "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community" "Imminent" means about to happen, occur, or take place very soon
Pronunciation IPA: /'ɛmɪnənt/ IPA: /ˈɪmɪnənt/ or /ˈɪmənənt/
Synonyms Distinguished, Prominent, Renowned, Superior Impending, Forthcoming, Looming
Related words eminence, eminently, preeminent imminence, imminently

Eminent vs Imminent Usage

If you mean 'famous' or 'superior,' use the word eminent; if you mean 'impending, about to happen' that is imminent; and if you mean 'present, inherent,' use the word immanent.

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