Definition of self-evident in English:



  • Not needing to be demonstrated or explained; obvious.

    ‘self-evident truths’
    [with clause] ‘it is self-evident that you cannot work 14 hours a day and have time left over for a child’
    • ‘Davies used to believe the need to guard personal privacy against invasion was a self-evident truth.’
    • ‘The answer is self-evident: the government should think again about its policy of not increasing the top rate of tax.’
    • ‘Elementary properties of numbers and geometry were taken to be self-evident truths.’
    • ‘Once this self-evident point has been appreciated, it becomes a matter of making a virtue of necessity.’
    • ‘They really do exist, and to them their conspiracy theories are merely a self-evident truth that the rest of us are too blind to see.’
    • ‘When Jefferson asserted the self-evident nature of truth it was no simple rhetorical flourish.’
    • ‘Less obvious truths are deduced from these self-evident beginnings by individually obvious steps.’
    • ‘We are the weirdos in denying what everybody else takes to be a self-evident truth.’
    • ‘So much of what we are taught as self-evident truths relies on rigid thinking.’
    • ‘On race, too, we failed to speak out at crucial moments and to face up to self-evident truths.’
    • ‘That ought to be self-evident to anyone with a reasonable amount of common sense.’
    • ‘Recognizing that rather self-evident truth is hardly by itself the substance of enduring art.’
    • ‘Nowhere do I hear that the real problem, which is self-evident, is too many people for a small island.’
    • ‘It is self-evident that if the same team work together on a regular basis there is the opportunity for learning from what has gone before.’
    • ‘However, it was, he claimed, self-evident that many areas of family law had no such obvious priority.’
    • ‘It spawns more committees and more reporting of self-evident truths.’
    • ‘The only properly basic propositions are those that are self-evident or incorrigible or evident to the senses.’
    • ‘The meaning of these expressions is not self-evident and needs explaining.’
    • ‘In recent years, they have seen others come around to this self-evident truth.’
    • ‘Now, whether it is a concession or whether it is self-evident, it is obvious people relied upon gas.’
    obvious, clear, plain, evident, apparent, manifest, patent
    distinct, definite, transparent, overt, discernible, visible, conspicuous, palpable, glaringly obvious, undisguised, unconcealed, unmistakable, unequivocal, unquestionable, undeniable
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/ˌself ˈevədənt/