[ adjective ] evident without proof or argument


"an axiomatic truth" "we hold these truths to be self-evident"

Used in print

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

The Roman_Catholic natural-law tradition regards as self-evident that the primary objective purpose of the conjugal act is procreation and that the fostering of the mutual love of the spouses is the secondary and subjective end .

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

I do not mean to suggest that these assumptions are self-evident , in the sense that everyone agrees with them .

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