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[im-uh-nuh nt] /ˈɪm ə nənt/
remaining within; indwelling; inherent.
Philosophy. (of a mental act) taking place within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it.
Compare transeunt.
Theology. (of the Deity) indwelling the universe, time, etc.
Compare transcendent (def 3).
Origin of immanent
1525-35; < Late Latin immanent- (stem of immanēns), present participle of immanēre to stay in, equivalent to im- im-1 + man(ēre) to stay + -ent- -ent; see remain
Related forms
immanence, immanency, noun
immanently, adverb
nonimmanence, noun
nonimmanency, noun
nonimmanent, adjective
nonimmanently, adverb
unimmanent, adjective
unimmanently, adverb
Can be confused
eminent, immanent, imminent.
1. innate, inborn, intrinsic.
1. extrinsic, acquired, superimposed. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for immanence
  • The air feels charged by some pantheistic immanence.
  • But whether one actually experiences such immanence will be as much a matter of faith as of taste.
  • It is not immanence to life, but immanence that is in nothing is itself a life.
  • It is about the lack of faith and its unavoidable immanence.
  • This same immanence is responsible for the intuitive conscience born into man.
British Dictionary definitions for immanence


existing, operating, or remaining within; inherent
of or relating to the pantheistic conception of God, as being present throughout the universe Compare transcendent (sense 3)
Derived Forms
immanence, immanency, noun
immanently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin immanēre to remain in, from im- (in) + manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for immanence

1816; see immanent + -ence. Immanency is from 1650s.



"indwelling, inherent," 1530s, via French, from Late Latin immanens, present participle of Latin immanere "to dwell in, remain in," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + manere "to dwell" (see manor). Contrasted with transcendent. Related: Immanently.

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