im·​ma·​nence | \ ˈi-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce immanence (audio) \

Definition of immanence

: the quality or state of being immanent especially : inherence

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Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, the cuts between eerily still shots of rippling waters or windswept trees will emerge as driven by a desire to capture the immanence of the natural world, to relish in its beauty and to remain awestruck by its resilience. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 5 Feb. 2022 Departing from Christian doctrines that saw space to be empty of everything but God’s immanence, Newton eventually posited that the void was filled with ether. Max Norman, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Here, the simultaneous transcendence and immanence of God suggests that God cannot be contained in any physical place. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 31 Jan. 2022 Yet a feeling of immanence, however thwarted, is a near-constant in Schrader’s film., 2 Sep. 2021 Who but Hemingway would have zeroed in like this? Death—the sight of it, the smell of it, the immanence of it—was his fetish. James Parker, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2021 All of it imploding into a sort of hectic immanence, a frantic collapse of timelines. Wired, 27 Nov. 2019 These improvisatory and increasingly abstract watercolors grapple with immanence and dissolution., 22 Sep. 2018 In the same breath, God’s immanence is such that without Him the world would be nothing. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 12 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of immanence

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Immanence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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