Definition of self-evident in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌself ˈevədənt/


Not needing to be demonstrated or explained; obvious: self-evident truths [with clause]: it is self-evident that you cannot work 14 hours a day and have time left over for a child
More example sentences
  • Less obvious truths are deduced from these self-evident beginnings by individually obvious steps.
  • They really do exist, and to them their conspiracy theories are merely a self-evident truth that the rest of us are too blind to see.
  • Now, whether it is a concession or whether it is self-evident, it is obvious people relied upon gas.



Example sentences
  • Ever since photography's appearance on the stage of history, any possibility of repudiating what has turned into the self-evidence of photography, or photography as being self-evident, has thus been drastically curtailed.
  • That this truth, for all its self-evidence, was a relatively recent discovery - the product, give or take a decade, of the preceding one hundred years - is important.
  • The familiarity and self-evidence you speak of is, of course, precisely the proper object of critical thought.


Pronunciation: /ˈˌself ˈevədəntlē/
Example sentences
  • Where to draw the line, of course, is self-evidently difficult.
  • Last week there was outrage over an academic's self-evidently preposterous argument about English teachers and the re-election of the Howard government.
  • The hallmark of popular morality is its hostility to critical analysis because it makes certain propositions appear to be self-evidently true or in accord with the nature of things.

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Syllabification: self-ev·i·dent

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