im·​ma·​nence ˈi-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce immanence (audio)
: the quality or state of being immanent
especially : inherence

Examples of immanence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With TikTok, however, transcendence is exchanged for immanence within the app. WIRED, 6 Nov. 2022 His films stand as proof of his belief in the immanence of the material world, a place where the only higher powers are the laws of physics: speed, weight, force, gravity. Geoffrey O’Brien, The New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of immanence was in 1816

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“Immanence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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