from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Existing or remaining within; inherent.
  • adjective Restricted entirely to the mind; subjective.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Remaining within; indwelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Remaining within; inherent; indwelling; abiding; intrinsic; internal or subjective; hence, limited in activity, agency, or effect, to the subject or associated acts; -- opposed to emanant, transitory, transitive, or objective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Naturally part of something; existing throughout and within something; inherent; integral; intrinsic; indwelling.
  • adjective Restricted entirely to the mind or a given domain; internal; subjective.
  • adjective philosophy, metaphysics, theology existing within and throughout the mind and the world; dwelling within and throughout all things, all time, etc. Compare transcendent.
  • adjective philosophy, of a mental act Taking place entirely within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it. Compare emanant, transeunt.
  • adjective Being within the limits of experience or knowledge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of a mental act performed entirely within the mind
  • adjective of qualities that are spread throughout something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin immanēns, immanent-, present participle of immanēre, to remain in : Latin in-, in; see in– + Latin manēre, to remain; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

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Entered English around 1530, via French, from Late Latin immanēns, present participle of Latin immanēre, from im- ("in") + manēre ("to dwell, remain, stay"). Cognate with remain and manor.


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  • Therefore, the genera in the particulars do seem to represent, on Italos™ view, what they represent for Proclus and Syrianus, namely immanent forms that are particular.

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  • It is, from the standpoint of their propaganda or from the standpoint of what Adorno calls immanent critique I should say that Adorno took that from Herman Dooyeweerd who first mentioned immanent critique back in 1922 , a lousy speech.

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  • Thus, vital action, as well in the physiological as in the intellectual and moral order, is called immanent, because it proceeds from that spontaneity which is essential to the living subject and has for its term the unfolding of the subject's constituent energies.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability 1840-1916 1913

  • When, however, this finality is called immanent, this expression must not be understood in a pantheistic sense, as if the intelligence which the world manifests were to be identified with the world itself, but in the sense that the immediate principle of finality is immanent in every being.

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  • Personally, I could have just about accepted some kind of immanent spirit of humanity trying to move the pieces around, or even some kind of overmind, just about anything except god and angels.

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  • "They knew that something important was happening there, that there was some focusing point, some channel, some window to the Immanent. And so they would build temples or cathedrals, or erect stone circles, or... well, you get the idea."

    -Mr. Wednesday, American Gods

    March 6, 2009

  • Not to be confused with imminent.

    June 9, 2009


    By far the most common of these words is “eminent,” meaning “prominent, famous.” “Imminent,” in phrases like “facing imminent disaster,” means “threatening.” . . . Positive events can also be imminent: they just need to be coming soon. The rarest of the three is “immanent,” used by philosophers to mean “inherent” and by theologians to mean “present throughout the universe” when referring to ​a god.
    Please follow the link for handy mnemonics and more usage notes.

    January 1, 2011

  • "the cause of problems which are immanent to today's global capitalism is projected onto an external intruder. Anti-immigrant racism and sexism is not dangerous because it lies; it is at its most dangerous when its lie is presented in the form of a (partial) factual truth."

    February 20, 2018