Adjective "immanent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Existing or operating within; inherent.
  1. 'A better starting point would be a theory which stresses the immanent nature of conflict within discourse, something akin to the work of Mikhail Bakhtin.'
  2. 'The objects around us importune us with practical demands; there is programme of action immanent in things.'
  3. 'We are not speaking, as the existentialists would have it, of dangers and dilemmas that are immanent in the very nature of the human condition.'
  4. 'One characteristic of kata is that they have a kind of immanent energy within them, capable of making manifest that which is latent.'
  5. 'And that mind is immanent in matter, which is partly inside the body - but also partly ‘outside,’ e.g., in the form of records, traces, and perceptibles.'
  6. 'The artist does not copy God's creation, but continues it through the impression upon matter of the human spiritual character derived from the vital action immanent in the soul.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'The word was not a pathogen: it was a catalyst, and the disease itself immanent in humanity at large.'
  9. 'Is our knowledge really widened in such a way by pure practical reason, and is that which was transcendent for speculative reason immanent in practical reason?'
  10. 'The distinction drawn is at best artificial - domestic disorders have a habit of impacting on international relations - but it serves to focus our attention on the potential for dislocation that was immanent within the Cold War's ending.'
  11. 'Eurocentric culture, race, gender, and social class are matters which are increasingly delimiting in the search for universal expressions of transcendent and immanent experience.'
  12. 'Supreme God Siva is immanent, with a beautiful human-like form which can actually be seen and has been seen by many mystics in visions.'
  13. 'Many from the metaphysical church described a mystical and often immanent deity.'
  14. 'According to her, the radical feminists worship an immanent deity in the form of a goddess or some other human construct.'
  15. 'Have we moved past the agrarian vision of the God of the Harvest, to a more immanent God who wants to teach us, rather than be worshipped?'
  16. 'God is both transcendent and immanent, the Lord of Creation and One who is nearer to an individual than his jugular vein.'
  17. 'The Supreme Being is both immanent and transcendent, thus both a Creator and Un-manifest Reality.'
  18. 'Or, as we Pagans would say, Deity is immanent in the phenomenal universe.'
  19. 'In other words, God's authority was immanent in the imperial order.'
  20. 'However, it is an impersonal god, without name, without history, immanent in the world, diffused within an innumerable plurality of things…'


1. remaining within; indwelling; inherent.

2. Philosophy. (of a mental act) taking place within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it.Compare transeunt.

3. Theology. (of the Deity) indwelling the universe, time, etc.Compare transcendent (def 3).

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be immanent in creations."

"structures can be immanent."

"people can be immanent."

"metamorphosises can be immanent."

"meanings can be immanent."

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