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immanent

[im-uh-nuh nt]
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adjective
  1. remaining within; indwelling; inherent.
  2. Philosophy. (of a mental act) taking place within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it.Compare transeunt.
  3. Theology. (of the Deity) indwelling the universe, time, etc.Compare transcendent(def 3).

Origin of immanent

1525–35; < Late Latin immanent- (stem of immanēns), present participle of immanēre to stay in, equivalent to im- im-1 + man(ēre) to stay + -ent- -ent; see remain
Related formsim·ma·nence, im·ma·nen·cy, nounim·ma·nent·ly, adverbnon·im·ma·nence, nounnon·im·ma·nen·cy, nounnon·im·ma·nent, adjectivenon·im·ma·nent·ly, adverbun·im·ma·nent, adjectiveun·im·ma·nent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedeminent immanent imminent

Synonyms

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1. innate, inborn, intrinsic.

Antonyms

1. extrinsic, acquired, superimposed.
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Examples from the Web for immanence

Historical Examples

  • There is nothing profound about this conception of "immanence."

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • The other truth which Greek thought had realized was the immanence of reason in nature and in man.

    Lux Mundi

    Various

  • Popular poetry is all against Pantheism and quite removed from Immanence.

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The doctrine of God's "immanence" was almost a commonplace with Browning's generation.

    Robert Browning

    C. H. Herford

  • It is just here that Buddhism is on the side of modern pantheism and immanence.

    Orthodoxy

    G. K. Chesterton


British Dictionary definitions for immanence

immanent

adjective
  1. existing, operating, or remaining within; inherent
  2. of or relating to the pantheistic conception of God, as being present throughout the universeCompare transcendent (def. 3)
Derived Formsimmanence or immanency, nounimmanently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin immanēre to remain in, from im- (in) + manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for immanence

n.

1816; see immanent + -ence. Immanency is from 1650s.

immanent

adj.

"indwelling, inherent," 1530s, via French, from Late Latin immanens, present participle of Latin immanere "to dwell in, remain in," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + manere "to dwell" (see manor). Contrasted with transcendent. Related: Immanently.

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