• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-evident evident without proof or argument "an axiomatic truth","we hold these truths to be self-evident"
    • ***
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.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-evident Evident in itself without proof or reasoning; producing clear conviction upon a bare presentation to the mind.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Self-evident evident of itself or without proof: that commands assent
    • ***


  • 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
When it is accompanied, as it generally is, by the right to "repeal," one would suppose that the answer to this question was self-evident.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
It is in this self-evident truth that is found a sure ground of confidence.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
He was evidently in a state of supreme self-satisfaction.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Yet, trite and self-evident as this truism is, it is constantly violated in teaching reading in the rural school.
"New Ideals in Rural Schools" by George Herbert Betts
It was painfully evident that his self-confident tone had not imposed on them.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
This is a self-evident error.
"Style in Singing" by W. E. Haslam
Certain matters were, however, so self-evident that they were not even mentioned.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
If the suspicion had ever entered her mind, she had put it from her as a self-evident absurdity.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World" by Margaret Vandercook
Another self-evident fact caused the missionary less misgiving than would be supposed.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
That an Ace comes under that head is self-evident.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work

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
The figure is largely self-explanatory, confronting the fireball evolution after the collision impact with the experimental evidence for the interpretation and the conditions of the respective stage.
Experimental Conference Summary
The first of the conditions is self-evident, but the emphasized words in (ii) need some comment.
No time machines in classical general relativity
Further evidence of a fundamental scalar as the source of EWSB would be the reconstruction of the Higgs potential, i.e. measurement of the self-coupling λ.
The Precision of Higgs Boson Measurements and Their Implications
Is the background well enough known to provide evidence for DMA? The background is dominated by pp-collisions with a reasonably well known shape and fitting the normalization yi elds a “self-calibrating ” background.
EGRET Excess of Diffuse Galactic Gamma Rays as Tracer of Dark Matter
We take graphs from quantum electrodynamics (QED) as a rather self-evident example.
Hopf algebra approach to Feynman diagram calculations
In isolated star-forming disks there is evidence that SF, and gas disk structure, are self-regulated by energy and momentum feedbacks from young SF regions (e.g., Kennicutt 1989).
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
We also look for evidence of planarity (or self-alignments) in each individual multipole, and for evidence of alignments between the multipole and normal vectors with some specific directions in the sky, such as the dipole axis, the ecliptic axis and the Galactic poles axis.
Alignment tests for low CMB multipoles
Table I also reveals (through the self-alignments S33 , D33 , R33 and B33 ) that, at least for our set of invariant tests, there is no evidence that the octopole is significantly “planar”, in the sense defined by these tests.
Alignment tests for low CMB multipoles
On the other hand, no significant evidence of self-alignment (which is related to the planarity) was found for the octopole.
Alignment tests for low CMB multipoles
In 2005, also investigated the power law behaviour of WWW traffic and found evidence of self-similarity over a number of timescales.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet