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[self-ev-i-duh nt, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈɛv ɪ dənt, ˈsɛlf-/
evident in itself without proof or demonstration; axiomatic.
Origin of self-evident
Related forms
self-evidence, noun
self-evidently, adverb
obvious, self-explanatory. Unabridged
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  • And yet the defensive or attacking advantage of skull frills and back plates is not self-evident.
  • Even a subject as self-evident as switches gets a full page, covering more obscure variants such as tilt and trip switches.
  • To people who know dogs well, this might seem self-evident.
  • The ability to re-establish intimacy is self-evident.
  • From the considerations of the previous section the answer is self-evident.
  • The maxim is so perfectly self-evident, that it would be absurd to attempt to prove it.
  • But what the model does suggest, which is not self-evident, is how rapidly such a decline might take place.
  • Much of it will appear self-evident: cultivate friendships, be involved in a community, try for a good marriage.
  • To gun-control advocates, this is self-evident madness.
  • But the hypocrisy of erecting barriers to foreign investment while demanding open access to developing markets is self-evident.
British Dictionary definitions for self-evident


containing its own evidence or proof without need of further demonstration
Derived Forms
self-evidence, noun
self-evidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-evident

1680s, from self- + evident. First attested in Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding." Related: Self-evidently.

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