immanent

adjective im·ma·nent \ ˈi-mə-nənt \

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

immanently

adverb

Examples of immanent in a Sentence

  1. a question as to whether altruism is immanent in all individuals or is instead acquired from without

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Origin and Etymology of 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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