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[em-uh-nuh nt-lee] /ˈem ə nənt li/

highly; very:
He is eminently qualified.
extremely: eminently sensible
above others in rank, merit, or reputation; distinguished: an eminent scientist
(prenominal) noteworthy, conspicuous, or outstanding: eminent good sense
projecting or protruding; prominent

early 15c., from Middle French éminent (13c.) or directly from Latin eminentem (nominative eminens), present participle of eminere “stand out, project,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + minere, related to mons “hill” (see mount (n.)). Related: Eminently. Legal eminent domain recorded from 1738.


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