Definition of immanent in English:



  • 1Existing or operating within; inherent.

    ‘the protection of liberties is immanent in constitutional arrangements’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘As a coexistence of opposites, the sacred is immanent in pure awareness, the ground of language and thought.’
    • ‘It followed that a substantive legal restriction on the rights to life and liberty must not, as its inevitable corollary, excessively infringe on other rights immanent in them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It means there is an expressive logic immanent to the medium as such, immanent in the material as it were.’
    • ‘But the aim of the book is to focus on issues of principle, some of which are immanent in existing legal rules and practices, some of which are not recognized and which are commended on normative grounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One characteristic of kata is that they have a kind of immanent energy within them, capable of making manifest that which is latent.’
    • ‘The objects around us importune us with practical demands; there is programme of action immanent in things.’
    • ‘The prospect is already immanent in these immediate demands.’
    • ‘The history of freedom in this country is not, as is often thought, the logical working out of ideas immanent in our founding documents or a straight-line trajectory of continual progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hierarchy immanent in this account of the body politic relies on the mystical correspondence between the three vital organs in humoral physiology: the liver, the heart, and the brain.’
    • ‘Although this political dimension remained immanent in the Manifesto, it would not be long before it asserted itself, and henceforth the history of the movement would need to be considered in relation to its political position.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The word was not a pathogen: it was a catalyst, and the disease itself immanent in humanity at large.’
    • ‘Rather, leaders are always immanent in political processes where power appears, retrospectively as it were, to illuminate the discursive field of contestation and its victors.’
    • ‘First of all, if we think of meaning as immanent in use, we cannot attribute massive illogicality (or wildly different logicality) to other speakers.’
    inherent, intrinsic, innate, built-in, latent, essential, fundamental, basic, ingrained, natural
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    1. 1.1 (of God) permanently pervading and sustaining the universe.
      Often contrasted with transcendent
      • ‘For many this ‘something’ was immanent in the landscape itself, rather than indicative of the kind of transcendental presence associated with monotheistic beliefs.’
      • ‘Many from the metaphysical church described a mystical and often immanent deity.’
      • ‘History was nothing less than God's will immanent in the world, the unfolding of a great purpose.’
      • ‘God is both transcendent and immanent, the Lord of Creation and One who is nearer to an individual than his jugular vein.’
      • ‘According to her, the radical feminists worship an immanent deity in the form of a goddess or some other human construct.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘God is both transcendent over creation, and immanent in creation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Set to chamber music by Debussy, it evokes a realm of nature in which myriad gods and goddesses are immanent.’
      • ‘As far as the strangeness of this reading goes, I found what stood out for me was the ‘ungod’ and the use of immanent deities.’
      • ‘I still know intellectually that to some people the gods are immanent, available; sitting on the porch of Tripurasundari's shrine, I could feel for a moment how it must be.’
      • ‘The Samhitas and Brahmanas affirm that God is immanent and transcendent and prescribe ritual worship, mantra and devotional hymns to establish communication with the spiritual worlds.’
      • ‘Or, as we Pagans would say, Deity is immanent in the phenomenal universe.’
      • ‘In other words, God's authority was immanent in the imperial order.’
      • ‘We are making it easier for us to reach out and touch our immanent Deity.’
      • ‘However, it is an impersonal god, without name, without history, immanent in the world, diffused within an innumerable plurality of things…’
      • ‘Eurocentric culture, race, gender, and social class are matters which are increasingly delimiting in the search for universal expressions of transcendent and immanent experience.’
      • ‘The Supreme Being is both immanent and transcendent, thus both a Creator and Un-manifest Reality.’
      • ‘She affirms that God is both radically transcendent and radically immanent, describing this position as ‘panentheism.’’
      • ‘In theological terminology, God is both transcendent (all reality depends on God and has been created out of nothing) and immanent (God is present to and involved with all reality).’
      pervasive, pervading, permeating
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Mid 16th century: from late Latin immanent- ‘remaining within’, from in- ‘in’ + manere ‘remain’.