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

Keep scrolling for more

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'immanent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about immanent

Time Traveler for immanent

Time Traveler

The first known use of immanent was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Statistics for immanent

Cite this Entry

“Immanent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on immanent

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for immanent

Britannica English: Translation of immanent for Arabic Speakers

Comments on immanent

What made you want to look up immanent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!