jiva

noun, sometimes capitalized ji·va \ ˈjēvə \

Definition of jiva

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of jiva

Sanskrit jīva, from jīva living, alive


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