noun, sometimes capitalized ji·va \ˈjēvə\

Definition of jiva



  1. 1 Hinduism a :  the vital energy of life b :  the individual soul

  2. 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 — more at quick

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