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Being about to occur; impending.

im·pen′dence n.
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(ɪmˈpɛn dənt)

near at hand; impending.
[1585–95; < Latin]
im•pend′ence, im•pend′en•cy, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impendent - close in timeimpendent - close in time; about to occur; "retribution is at hand"; "some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand"; "in imminent danger"; "his impending retirement"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"
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References in classic literature ?
what if all Her stores were op'n'd, and this Firmament Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire, Impendent horrors, threatning hideous fall One day upon our heads; while we perhaps Designing or exhorting glorious Warr, Caught in a fierie Tempest shall be hurl'd Each on his rock transfixt, the sport and prey Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk Under yon boyling Ocean, wrapt in Chains; There to converse with everlasting groans, Unrespited, unpitied, unrepreevd, Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.
Bangladesh emerged as an impendent country on the world map in 1971 under courageous and farsighted leadership of Bangabandhu." He urged the young generation to follow the ideology of Bangabandhu to build an economically advanced country.
Plan International's programme implementation manager Charles Muriu cites deeply rooted traditional beliefs as a major impendent in fight against female circumcision.The perception in some areas that uncircumcised girls are immoral and that they cannot be good wives has been fuelling the spread of the practice.
The impendent parliamentary group formed after its members were excluded from VMRO-DPMNE directly participated in the drafting of the text which meets their reconciliation demand and gives their three members a possibility to seek and be granted amnesty.
However certain factors & properties of the bromocyclopentane may impendent its growth in the near future.
The judiciary is also accused of being an impendent to the commission's work.
In statements to the impendent Al-Tayyar newspaper published on Saturday Wani urged the supporters of the self-determination led by al-Hilu to abandon this call and to remain in the united Sudan.
Climate change grabs more headlines than lead contamination, whereas the heavy metal actually causes a more impendent environmental health threat.