[man-uh-fuh-stey-shuh n, -fe-]
  1. an act of manifesting.
  2. the state of being manifested.
  3. outward or perceptible indication; materialization: At first there was no manifestation of the disease.
  4. a public demonstration, as for political effect.
  5. Spiritualism. a materialization.

Origin of manifestation

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin manifestātiōn- (stem of manifestātiō). See manifest, -ation
Related formsnon·man·i·fes·ta·tion, nounpre·man·i·fes·ta·tion, nounre·man·i·fes·ta·tion, nounself-man·i·fes·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pre-manifestation


  1. the act of demonstrating; displaya manifestation of solidarity
  2. the state of being manifested
  3. an indication or sign
  4. a public demonstration of feeling
  5. the materialization of a disembodied spirit
Derived Formsmanifestational, adjectivemanifestative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pre-manifestation



early 15c., "action of manifesting; exhibition, demonstration," from Late Latin manifestationem (nominative manifestatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin manifestare (see manifest (adj.)). Meaning "an object, action, or presence by which something is made manifest" is from 1785. The spiritualism sense is attested from 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pre-manifestation in Medicine


  1. An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something, especially an illness.
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