anatta

noun
an·​at·​ta | \ ˌənəˈtä \
variants: or anatman \ (ˌ)əˈnätmən \
plural -s

Definition of anatta

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a basic Buddhist doctrine affirming the nonexistence of a soul, essence, or any other enduring substantial entity underlying any form of phenomenal existence

anatta

variants: or anatto

Definition of anatta (Entry 2 of 2)

variant of

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First Known Use of anatta

Noun

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anatta

Noun

Pali & Sanskrit: Pali anatta, from Sanskrit anātman, literally, having no soul

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“Anatta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anatta. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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