variants: or less commonly circuminsession \ ˌ⸗⸗+inˈseshən \
plural -s

Definition of circumincession 

: the theological doctrine of the reciprocal existence in each other of the three persons of the Trinity

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History and Etymology for circumincession

Medieval Latin circumincession-, circumincessio (from Latin circum- + Medieval Latin incessio, from Latin incessus, past participle of incedere to go along, from in- + cedere to go), translation of Middle Greek perichōrēsis, from Greek perichōrein to go around, rotate, from peri- + chōrein to go, withdraw (akin to chēros left, bereaved)

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obstinately defiant of authority

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