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

  • adj. Existing or remaining within; inherent: believed in a God immanent in humans.
  • adj. Restricted entirely to the mind; subjective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Remaining within; indwelling.

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

  • adj. of a mental act performed entirely within the mind
  • adj. 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-2 + Latin manēre, to remain; see men-3 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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