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Definition obviously so, or known to be true without proof
  • We hold these truths to be self-evident...
  • I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • self-evident = obviously so, or known to be true without proof
  • History seems to assume that this force is self-evident and known to everyone.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Why take pains to prove that an Ape is not a Newton when it is self-evident that he is not a man?
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • He was, they decided, not like them at all, and the detached and aloof manner in which he watched the snowfall made this palpable and self-evident.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Every prejudice that will answer these purposes is self-evident.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The matter is probably not quite as self-evident as Fru Giannini is presenting it.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • She closed her eyes, but could think only of the 368 people who—it seemed self-evident now—would rather she'd never been born.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He spoke as though this was the most natural and self-evident and inevitable thing we could be doing.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Edward was, of course, immediately convinced that nothing could have been more natural than Lucy's conduct, nor more self-evident than the motive of it.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • That is self-evident on the face of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • This possibility-which now seems so self-evident-didn't occur to either Mike or me at the time, however.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The gravity of events was self-evident.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Her hair, her skin, were there to see, self-evident, and it was obvious how some other color (or colors) ran deep within her.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • That was, indeed, self-evident.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He added as a self-evident proposition, engendering low spirits, "But you can't marry, you know, while you're looking about you."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • This reading, however, in addition to being self-evident, seemed unlikely for another reason.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Both Cap and the Sergeant saw the truth of this, which would have been nearly self-evident even to one unaccustomed to vessels.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • This was an idea he had always had, and it was thus self-evident to Descartes that such an idea could not possibly have come from himself.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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