self-ex·​is·​tent | \ ˌself-ig-ˈzi-stənt How to pronounce self-existent (audio) \

Definition of self-existent

: existing of or by oneself or itself independently of any other being or cause : not caused to exist by someone or something else a self-existent universe "… the Judeo-Christian concept of God, which has God as uniquely self-existent."— William Lane Craig

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self-existence \ ˌself-​ig-​ˈzi-​stən(t)s How to pronounce self-existence (audio) \ noun, plural self-existences
[Jean Paul] Sartre … states that the created entities cannot enjoy autonomy or self-existence because they must depend upon a creator. — Paul Clavier

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1663, in the meaning defined above

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