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Is there a word that can be used to describe something that is either close in time, or currently happening?

Something like "proximate" or "imminent", but without the implication that the thing has not happened/started happening yet.

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Is there a problem with current? Or present. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 18 '13 at 10:58
Do you want a word which means "Currently happening, but if it isn't then it's just about to start happening"? – Andrew Leach Jun 18 '13 at 11:06
@AndrewLeach, yep, that's exactly what I'm looking for. – Acorn Jun 18 '13 at 11:15
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: presently elapsing (2) : occurring in or existing at the present time (3) : most recent

: generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment

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From the same time period, coexistent in time.

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You nearly got 'em all already.

Without reference to the present, it would be: temporal-proximity.

With the context 'present,' it could be current.

And why not the elegant now? That can mean just what you want, perhaps?

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: Continuing, permanent

: Presently or currently happening; being in progress

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This seems to specific to also include things that have not yet begun. – Acorn Aug 1 '13 at 20:42


  1. adjective-- naturally accompanying or associated.

  2. noun-- a phenomenon that naturally accompanies or follows something.

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