self-ev·​i·​dent ˌself-ˈe-və-dənt How to pronounce self-evident (audio)
: evident without proof or reasoning
self-evidently adverb

Examples of self-evident in a Sentence

the self-evident truth that all people have the right of self-determination
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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-evident was in 1643

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“Self-evident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having no need of proof
self-evident truths

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