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Definition of "immanence" [im•ma•nence]

  • The state of being immanent; inherency. (noun)
  • The state of dwelling within and not extending beyond a given domain. (noun)
  • The concept of the presence of deity in and throughout the real world; the idea that God is everywhere and in everything. Contrast transcendence. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "immanence" in a sentence
  • "The sense that romanticism prioritizes image over sound because sound cannot overcome its immanence is unsettled by the voice of Farinelli, which seems to vastly increase the power of sound, his voice having been described by English listeners precisely by drawing on the vocabulary of transcendence."
  • "According to them we can only know something of God by means of the vital immanence, that is, under favourable circumstances the need of the Divine dormant in our subconsciousness becomes conscious and arouses that religious feeling or experience in which God reveals himself to us (see MODERNISM)."
  • "Such a factor, however, cannot be introduced, or re-introduced, into our theological thinking without necessitating a good deal of revision, nor without causing a certain measure of temporary confusion and dislocation; it will accordingly be the principal object of the following chapters to clear up misapprehensions which have arisen in connection with the idea of immanence, to assign to it its approximately proper place in Christian thought, and to safeguard an important truth against the injury done to it -- and {22} so to all truth -- by a zeal that is not according to knowledge."