• synonyms


  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).
Show More

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 for immanent

Antonyms for immanent

1. extrinsic, acquired, superimposed.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for immanence

Historical Examples of immanence

  • 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


  • 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.


    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for immanence


  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)
Show More
Derived Formsimmanence or immanency, nounimmanently, adverb

Word Origin for immanent

C16: from Latin immanēre to remain in, from im- (in) + manēre to stay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for immanence


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

Show More



"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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper