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[self-ev-i-duh nt, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈɛv ɪ dənt, ˈsɛlf-/
evident in itself without proof or demonstration; axiomatic.
Origin of self-evident
Related forms
self-evidence, noun
self-evidently, adverb
obvious, self-explanatory. Unabridged
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  • If the suspicion had ever entered her mind, she had put it from her as a self-evident absurdity.

  • But it is certainly not self-evident that it is a matter for rejoicing.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Comic writers poked fun at these failings which are only too self-evident and showered ridicule upon them.

  • It is self-evident that at sixty-five a man has done all that he is fit to do.

    The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope
  • That in this they necessarily follow the principle, "the end hallows the means," is self-evident.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
British Dictionary definitions for self-evident


containing its own evidence or proof without need of further demonstration
Derived Forms
self-evidence, noun
self-evidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-evident

1680s, from self- + evident. First attested in Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding." Related: Self-evidently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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