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


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variants or anatto

variant of annatto

Word History



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

First Known Use


1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anatta was in 1880

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“Anatta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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