The definition of immanent is something that is existing within.
A belief in God is an example of something that is immanent in the texts of Christianity.
- living, remaining, or operating within; inherent
- Theol. present throughout the universe: said of God
Origin of immanentLate Latin immanens, present participle of immanere, to remain in or near from in-, in + manere, to remain: see manor
- Existing or remaining within; inherent: believed in a God immanent in humans.
- Restricted entirely to the mind; subjective.
Origin of immanentLate 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.
- im′ma·nence im′ma·nen·cy
(comparative more immanent, superlative most immanent)
- Naturally part of something; existing throughout and within something; inherent; integral; intrinsic; indwelling.
- Restricted entirely to the mind or a given domain; internal; subjective.
- (philosophy, metaphysics, theology, of a deity) existing within and throughout the mind and the world; dwelling within and throughout all things, all time, etc. Compare transcendent.
- (philosophy, of a mental act) Taking place entirely within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it. Compare emanant, transeunt.
- Being within the limits of experience or knowledge.