im·​ma·​nent | \ ˈi-mə-nənt How to pronounce immanent (audio) \

Definition of immanent

1 : indwelling, inherent beauty is not something imposed but something immanent— Anthony Burgess
2 : being within the limits of possible experience or knowledge — compare transcendent

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Other Words from immanent

immanently adverb

Examples of immanent in a Sentence

a question as to whether altruism is immanent in all individuals or is instead acquired from without
Recent Examples on the Web The spiritual practices that kidnapped Africans carried with them to the United States affirmed the immanent presence of their ancestors. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "‘The Revisioners’ reminds us of slavery’s long reach, through the generations," 10 Dec. 2019 Robinson’s fiction also exposes the vexed terms of our devotion to the wonders of the immanent world. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Power of Grace," 17 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of immanent

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for immanent

Late Latin immanent-, immanens, present participle of immanēre to remain in place, from Latin in- + manēre to remain — more at mansion

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17 Dec 2019

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“Immanent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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