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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