noun, sometimes capitalized
ji·​va | \ ˈjēvə \
plural -s

Definition of jiva

1 Hinduism
a : the vital energy of life
b : the individual soul
2 Jainism
a : the individual life monad or separate individual self
b : the aggregate of all life monads or separate selves : life

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History and Etymology for jiva

Sanskrit jīva, from jīva living, alive

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“Jiva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiva. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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