Imminent vs Immanent: Correct Usage with Examples

Imminent vs Immanent: Correct Usage with Examples

Hello there! Glad to know you are here again. On our Common Error Series, there are lots of issues to be addressed and I will share one of them with you in this post. I call it: Imminent vs Immanent: Correct Usage with Examples. The two words are exactly the same in orthography, save for their fourth letters which are different. So let us get to it!

Imminent vs Immanent: Correct Usage with Examples

Many words in English share similarities with many other words that users of English usually mix them up or confuse them with one another. Some of these similarities could be in different forms; similar sounds, similar spellings, similar meanings, similar part of speech, etc. Take for instance the words ‘ingenious’ and ‘ingenuous’. See (Ingenious vs Ingenuous: Correct Usage). We have other words like these two words that share some things in common; words like: academic vs academia, access vs assess, accent vs ascent, affect vs effect, avoid vs evade, aural vs oral, avoid vs afford, surpass vs supersede, whom vs who, belief and believe, the list is endless!  (See Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs).

Imminent vs Immanent

Imminent and immanent are such two words that look so much alike yet far apart in terms of meaning. You must ensure you understand what the two words mean lest you confuse them with each other and through this post, that distinction will be made. Incidentally, the two words belong to the same part of speech, adjective and their noun forms are also similar. You can get that by the use of the noun-forming suffix ‘-ence’; this gives you ‘imminence’ and ‘immanence’.

Imminent: A Definition

Imminent is an adjective that means ‘about to take place, about to occur or happen or threatening to happen’. It refers to what is impending or liable to happen soon. It is from the Latin word that means ‘hang over’. The expression reminds one of the famed Sword of Damocles. Other synonyms for ‘imminent’ include: approaching, coming, nearing, upcoming; brewing, gathering; pending; likely, possible, probable; ineluctable, inescapable, inevasible, inevitable, unavoidable, etc.

Examples of Imminent as Used in Sentences

  • The tenants were faced with the threat of imminent ejection.
  • There was no imminent danger from the doctor’s report.
  • An imminent threat of extinction hangs on endangered species.
  • The whole system is at imminent risk of collapse.
  • He beamed with the joy in expectation of his imminent announcement as the new board chair.
  • The children were jubilant at the imminent arrival of their father.
  • A thunderstorm is imminent based on the report of the meteorologists.
  • The villagers are in imminent danger of attack from the herdsmen.
  • A tax increment on imported goods is imminent.
  • The lads rescued the hapless dog from imminent drowning.
  • “One official said that unless the city ‘hit the jackpot,’ bankruptcy was imminent.” (New York Times)
  • “At one point, some 750,000 Somalis had faced imminent starvation.” (Scientific American)

Immanent: A Definition

Immanent has more than a shade of meaning. Firstly, it means ‘existing within or inherent in something’. Secondly, it means ‘existing in all parts of the universe’. This second definition thrives in Philosophy and Theology. It describes God as existing in and extending into all parts of the created universe. We can also describe ‘immanent’ as ‘remaining or operating within a domain of reality or realm of discourse,’ or ‘that which have existence or effect only within the mind or consciousness’. You can also compare the word ‘Immanent’ with the word ‘transcendent’. See ‘Immanence’ below. Some good synonyms to help you remember the meaning of ‘immanent’ are: inherent, existing throughout and within something, integral, intrinsic, indwelling, restricted entirely to the mind or a given domain, internal, subjective and many more.

Examples of Immanent as Used in Sentences

  • Despite atheistic tendencies, God is immanent in human existence.
  • One of the things immanent in human nature is selfishness.
  • The will to live is immanent in some patients fated to die.
  • Hope is hard to kill because it appears immanent in human nature.
  • In some countries, corruption in immanent and difficult to deal with.
  • Pragmatics helps uncover the immanent meaning of discourse.
  • Conscience is an undeniable immanent entity of the human mind.
  • Certain principles and values are immanent in nature and need no formal education to discover.
  • Some people hold the belief that God is both immanent and transcendent.
  • Many women laboured at being beauty; what they don’t know is that beauty is immanent.
  • “God is in all; He is over all; He is both immanent and transcendent.” (Kaufmann Kohler)
  • “But the naturalist sees the creative energy immanent in matter.” (John Burroughs)

Related words to Imminent and Immanent

Imminence

This is the noun form of the adjective ‘imminent’. It is derived from the noun-forming suffix ‘-ence’. It means the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon. Words synonymous with ‘imminence’ include: imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency, forthcomingness, etc. Let us see examples of ‘imminence as used in sentences…

  • The frosty relationship between the US and North Korea is a likely portent of the imminence of a third world war.
  • The staff had become more diligence due to the imminence of the Company’ promotion exercise.
  • Citizens doubt the imminence of war in the nation.
  • The imminence of rain excites the farmers.
  • All the talk about the imminence of famine in the country is a boost for agriculture.

Immanence

This is the noun form of the adjective ‘immanent’ which is also derived from the noun-forming suffix ‘-ence’. It means the state of being within or not going beyond a given domain; the quality or state of being immanent. Presence, inherence, pervasive, pervading, permeating, omnipresent, ubiquitous, present everywhere, etc. are words synonymous with ‘immanence’. Immanence is also a concept in philosophy and theology which opines that the intelligent and creative force or being that governs the universe pervades the natural world. According to Encarta, “Immanence is a fundamental doctrine of pantheism and can be contrasted with transcendence, which conceives of the intelligent and creative force as existing outside the natural world.”  Pantheists believe that divine presence pervades all material objects in the universe while Judeo-Christians religions hold that God both actively participates in the natural world and also transcends it. Let us see some sentences exemplifying ‘immanence’…

  • Certain religions conceive of God in His state immanence and transcendence.
  • Divine immanence is a major focus of liberal theology.
  • Because of its convenience and immanence, everybody has almost embraced mobile and electronic commerce.
  • In favour of radical immanence, pantheism discards the biblical teaching of the transcendence of God.
  • Only when it is put before the mirror of the West as Other, can the Chinese aesthetics obtain its own original immanence.
  • God is immanent in His creation.

Imminently

‘Imminently’ is the adverb form of the adjective ‘imminent’.

  • The broadcast of the presidential address is expected imminently.
  • Clapping thunder and dark sky are examples of a situation where rainfall would imminently begin.
  • Doctors restrict terminal sedation for imminently dying patients.

Immanently

‘Immanently’ is the adverb form of the adjective ‘immanent’.

  • Ambition is immanently pervasive in human nature.
  • Precociousness is immanently expressed in geniuses.
  • Systems of thought are engrained in the cognition immanently.

Summary

Before you log off, take a peek at these posts: Commonly used Wrong Words. There are other Commonly Confused Words and also some Words with Silent Letters. Remember to click up these other related posts:

Academic vs academia

Affect vs effect

Believe vs Belief

Ingenuous vs ingenious

Aural vs oral

Supersede vs surpass

Barbershop vs barbing salon

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