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[self-ig-zis-tuh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪgˈzɪs tənt, ˌsɛlf-/
existing independently of any cause, as God.
having an independent existence.
Origin of self-existent
First recorded in 1695-1705
Related forms
self-existence, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-existent
Historical Examples
  • There is in the spiritual organism a principle of life; but that is not self-existent.

  • Does Mr. Mill really suppose that all noumena are self-existent?

  • If God is a personality, we have no conception of a personality that is self-existent.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • It lacks too much: it is not self-existent, and self-sustaining.

    Ripeness is All Jesse Roarke
  • Intelligence is eternal, and exists upon a self-existent principle.

  • But will you say that this something, this self-existent, eternal everything, is God?

  • A self-existent cause, however, may be known as well as any other cause by its effects.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • What is self-existent must have all the perfections that exist anywhere or in any subject; 5.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • He is One, self-existent, and to that One all things owe their existence.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • Beauty of form in music is absolute, independent, self-existent.

British Dictionary definitions for self-existent


(philosophy) existing independently of any other being or cause
Derived Forms
self-existence, noun
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