[self-ev-i-duhnt, self-]


evident in itself without proof or demonstration; axiomatic.

Origin of self-evident

First recorded in 1665–75
Related formsself-ev·i·dence, nounself-ev·i·dent·ly, adverb

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containing its own evidence or proof without need of further demonstration
Derived Formsself-evidence, nounself-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.

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