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[self-ig-zis-tuh nt, self-]
  1. existing independently of any cause, as God.
  2. having an independent existence.
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Origin of self-existent

First recorded in 1695–1705
Related formsself-ex·ist·ence, noun
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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.

    Natural Law in the Spiritual World

    Henry Drummond

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for self-existent


  1. philosophy existing independently of any other being or cause
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Derived Formsself-existence, noun
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