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Dictionary Definition

immanent adj
1 of a mental act performed entirely within the mind; "a cognition is an immanent act of mind" [syn: subjective] [ant: transeunt]
2 of qualities that are spread throughout something; "ambition is immanent in human nature"; "we think of God as immanent in nature"

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From the present participle of immanere, from im-, "in", + manere, "to remain", "to stay".


  • /ˈɪmənənt/
  • SAMPA: /Im@n@nt/


  1. naturally part of something; inherent; integral
    Love is immanent in humans.
  2. restricted to the mind; subjective



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Extensive Definition

Immanent (Not to be confused with immanant, a mathematical portmanteau of 'permanent' & 'determinant', a function of matrix that generalizes the concept of determinant such as the immanant of a matrix.) may refer to:
  • Immanence, philosophical and metaphysical theories of the divine as existing and acting within the mind or the world.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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