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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 immanent
  • Stake is much higher, a level of trust has to be immanent and a positive medical treatment outcome is not guaranteed.
  • Rather he/she knows that the literary work can be comprehended only within the range of the immanent horizon of expectation.
  • If impact is immanent and the storm berm is breached, consider the placement of a second boom array behind the storm berm.
  • The potential for a much larger and more hazardous conflagration is extremely high and immanent.
  • If self heating led to an exponentially increasing temperature rise, then spontaneous ignition was either occurring or immanent.
British Dictionary definitions for immanent


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 immanent

"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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