• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-evident evident without proof or argument "an axiomatic truth","we hold these truths to be self-evident"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-evident Evident without proof or reasoning; producing certainty or conviction upon a bare presentation to the mind; as, a self-evident proposition or truth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-evident Evident in itself without proof or reasoning; producing clear conviction upon a bare presentation to the mind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Self-evident evident of itself or without proof: that commands assent
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  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “Everything is self-evident.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

The moral of the two stories is self-evident.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
Although these directions seem self-evident they should be kept in mind continually.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
General precautions against taking cold are almost self-evident in this light.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
This is all so self-evident that I need not dwell on it.
"The Mystic Will" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Mr. Gryce smiled, a little drearily perhaps, as he acknowledged this self-evident fact.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
What had happened was self-evident.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
One duty, however, was self-evident, and that was to watch the food-supply.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
The virtues of the Press are so many and so self-evident that they scarcely need a eulogist.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
First, there are Axioms or Principles, that is real, universal, self-evident propositions.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
These facts are so self-evident that it seems useless to state them.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle

In news:

In a way, what's most bizarre about the report is its evident utter obliviousness to the serious psychological research being done on self-esteem.
Before this study, only people, apes and dolphins had shown evidence of self-recognition in mirrors.
I thought that would be self-evident, but I keep seeing comments expressing dismay or wonder at how I differ from the guy.
This became self-evident to Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers when they participated in a Virtual Dementia Workshop at Indigo Palms in July.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident ".
Chen Guangcheng said the jailing of his nephew last week was on trumped up charges which ignored clear evidence that he had acted in self-defense after men armed with sticks forced their way into his home and beat him.
(Self- evident ) lesson learned: Keep Hitler opinions to yourself.
'Self- Evident ' Attack On Consulate 'Was A Terrorist Attack'.
This became self- evident to Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers when they participated in a Virtual Dementia Workshop at Indigo Palms in July.
I take these truths to be self-evident.
Recently-released WikiLeaks cables reveal that Haiti's self-appointed guardians—the US, EU and UN—supported an election in the country despite obvious evidence that it was severely flawed.
(Self-evident) lesson learned : Keep Hitler opinions to yourself.
Venture out into the park to find evidence of these plants and animals on a self-guided adventure.
The turkey part should be self-evident.
Based on the evidence at the scene, as well as the preliminary autopsy report, it appears Gross died as a result of a self-inflicted wound.

In science:

It is, however, not self-evident that this effect has any influence on the measured bulge sizes.
Near-infrared adaptive optics observations of galaxy clusters: Abell 262 at z=0.0157, J1836.3CR at z=0.414, and PKS 0743-006 at z=0.994
It becomes evident that the vacwhere the iǫ prescription is again implicit. uum polarization effect gives rise to a modification of the photon propagator corresponding to the convergence factor used in the calculation of self-energy.
Remark on the self-energy of an electron
However, the magnetic field must be reduced to ∼ 1% of equipartition, and there is no evidence for such an electron population. (iii) The emission may be reproduced in a composite synchrotron plus synchrotron self-Compton model (solid line in Fig. 6).
Chandra X-ray Observations of Cygnus A and Pictor A
Identification of the partners was, in most cases, self-evident.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
Observational evidence for a variation in a traditional constant can be found without the need for a self-consistent theory of its variation simply by demonstrating incompatibility with the predictions of the standard theory.
Anthropic Reasons for Non-Zero Flatness and Lambda