Immanent vs Emergent - What's the difference?

immanent | emergent |

As adjectives the difference between immanent and emergent

is that immanent is naturally part of something; existing throughout and within something; inherent; integral; intrinsic; indwelling while emergent is emerging (in the process of emerging).

As a verb emergent is





(en adjective) (wikipedia 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.
  • Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with .





    (en adjective)
  • (lb) Arising unexpectedly, especially if also calling for immediate reaction; constituting an emergency.
  • * 1918 , The Missionary Review of the World , volume 41, page 818:
  • In all these great and vital things which America has discovered to be emergent necessities,
  • Emerging; coming into view or into existence; nascent; new.
  • (botany) Taller than the surrounding vegetation.
  • (botany, of a water-dwelling plant) Having leaves and flowers above the water.
  • (video games) Having gameplay that arises from its mechanics, rather than a linear storyline.
  • * 2008 , Jim Rossignol, This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (page 126)
  • In short, emergent games are ones that allow a huge range of possibilities and don't dictate a strict, linear flow of events. A strategy game is emergent because so many units can interact and have some effect on each other.

    Derived terms

    * emergent evolution * emergently


    (en noun)
  • (botany) A plant whose root system grows underwater, but whose shoot, leaves and flowers grow up and above the water.
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