Definitions

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  • adj. Existing without having been created.
  • adj. Existing independent of any extrinsic sustaining force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Existing of or by himself, independent of any other being or cause; -- .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Existing by one's or its own virtue alone, independently of any other cause.

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Examples

  • This hand seemed a thing apart, self-existent, with no corporeal attachment, and it appeared and disappeared like an apparition as the thumb-pressure wavered on the switch.

    CHAPTER IV

  • Alec was self-existent - the a singular line he did have he wasn't even upon shade for ... poor Cameron.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Of course, our self-centeredness, our distinctive attachment to the feeling of an independent, self-existent �I�, works fundamentally to inhibit our compassion.

    Compassion and the Individual

  • Of course, our self-centeredness, our distinctive attachment to the feeling of an independent, self-existent �I�, works fundamentally to inhibit our compassion.

    Compassion and the Individual

  • Like I said. kornbelt888: That, however, does not dispense with the problem of the ultimate ontological question of what is primary, self-existent.

    Dawkins and ID

  • That, however, does not dispense with the problem of the ultimate ontological question of what is primary, self-existent.

    Dawkins and ID

  • Did he also abandon the necessity of a self-existent thing of any kind?

    Dawkins and ID

  • You could try claiming that matter is eternally self-existent, but then you're on a hiding to nothing.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Afflictive emotions require a fixed target, seemingly real and true, self-existent, and autonomous.

    Becoming Enlightened

  • Of course, our self-centeredness, our distinctive attachment to the feeling of an independent, self-existent "I", works fundamentally to inhibit our compassion.

    The Dalai Lama - Compassion and the Individual

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