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Jan 18, 2012
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Miscellaneous words

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sagacity
stochastic
immanent
venial
connubial

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with Anu Garg

immanent

PRONUNCIATION:
(IM-uh-nuhnt)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Inherent; spread throughout.
2. Subjective: taking place within the mind and having no effect outside of it.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin immanere (to remain in place), from in- (in) + manere (to remain). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (to remain), which is also the source of mansion, manor, remain, and permanent (but not 'imminent' with which 'immanent' is often confused). Earliest documented use: 1535.

USAGE:
"The invisible but somehow immanent presence of Sep 11's inferno over New Jersey serves to remind us that Updike has written about apocalypse before."
Robert Stone; Updike's Other America; The New York Times; Jun 18, 2006.

See more usage examples of immanent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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