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.

  • Is there a problem with current? Or present. Jun 18, 2013 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, 2013 at 11:06
  • @AndrewLeach, yep, that's exactly what I'm looking for.
    – Acorn
    Jun 18, 2013 at 11:15
  • It depends whether you want "close to now" or "close to something else". Concomitant is correct for "at the same time as some other event." Sep 25, 2017 at 9:07

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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



From the same time period, coexistent in time.


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?



: Continuing, permanent

: Presently or currently happening; being in progress

  • This seems to specific to also include things that have not yet begun.
    – Acorn
    Aug 1, 2013 at 20:42


  1. adjective-- naturally accompanying or associated.

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

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