Definition of immanent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈimənənt/


1Existing or operating within; inherent: the protection of liberties is immanent in constitutional arrangements
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  • They were immanent in the practices and conventions of government and law and were culturally or, even more securely, racially embedded in the British people, who everywhere understood and valued them.
  • The history of freedom in this country is not, as is often thought, the logical working out of ideas immanent in our founding documents or a straight-line trajectory of continual progress.
  • The objects around us importune us with practical demands; there is programme of action immanent in things.
1.1(Of God) permanently pervading and sustaining the universe. Often contrasted with transcendent.
Example sentences
  • The Samhitas and Brahmanas affirm that God is immanent and transcendent and prescribe ritual worship, mantra and devotional hymns to establish communication with the spiritual worlds.
  • According to her, the radical feminists worship an immanent deity in the form of a goddess or some other human construct.
  • Many from the metaphysical church described a mystical and often immanent deity.


See eminent (usage).



Pronunciation: /ˈimənəns/
Example sentences
  • If we seek transcendence without honouring immanence, we naturally take flight from materiality except when matter conforms to some notion of aesthetic appropriateness, which is nothing other than prevailing social convention.
  • God is experienced as radical transcendence and radical immanence.
  • The immanence of terror, regardless of its source, is evident not only in the protagonists' behavior, but also in their choice of methods, pathological copies of the enemy like those made by a retrovirus of the attacked cell.




Pronunciation: /-ˌtizəm/
Example sentences
  • In all this we encounter one of the two pivotal foundations of his religious approach, a mystical immanentism, according to which the divine is to be found in the here and now, in the realm of material existence and everyday life.
  • In concluding, he took a shot at the liberal tradition by cautioning against immanentism that he thought to be exemplary of Greek thought.


Pronunciation: /-tist/
Example sentences
  • But neither do the serious immanentists that deny the transcendent aspect of God, nor the serious transcendentalists who deny the imminent aspect of God.
  • His analysis of religion and religious belief is, then, ‘immanentist.’
  • Texts are never just self-referential in the manner that a deconstructionist ‘immanentist’ reading understands them.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin immanent- 'remaining within', from in- 'in' + manere 'remain'.

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Syllabification: im·ma·nent

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