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[im-uh-nuh nt] /ˈɪm ə nənt/
remaining within; indwelling; inherent.
Philosophy. (of a mental act) taking place within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it.
Compare transeunt.
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 forms
immanence, immanency, noun
immanently, adverb
nonimmanence, noun
nonimmanency, noun
nonimmanent, adjective
nonimmanently, adverb
unimmanent, adjective
unimmanently, adverb
Can be confused
eminent, immanent, imminent.
1. innate, inborn, intrinsic.
1. extrinsic, acquired, superimposed. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for immanence
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  • But the immanence of nausea stifled her, and she sat down on a brocade-covered chair.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • There is nothing profound about this conception of "immanence."

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • immanence and transcendence are merely theistic terms for identity and difference.

    Preaching and Paganism Albert Parker Fitch
  • The doctrine of God's "immanence" was almost a commonplace with Browning's generation.

    Robert Browning C. H. Herford
  • In his immanence man lives by symbols, which are sacraments; and here we find the symbolic aspect of Beauty.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
  • immanence or transcendence—that, step by step, decides the meaning of everything else.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • I am neither for immanence nor for transcendence taken alone.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • The Moslem, on the other hand, believes in God's unity and transcendence, but denies his immanence.

    A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • The mind is immanence of Being, an original relation to all we have named reality and worshipped as divine.

  • The immanence doctrine has arisen from two main causes, the one metaphysical, the other religious.

British Dictionary definitions for immanence


existing, operating, or remaining within; inherent
of or relating to the pantheistic conception of God, as being present throughout the universe Compare transcendent (sense 3)
Derived Forms
immanence, immanency, noun
immanently, 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

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



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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