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self- +‎ evident


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self-evident (not comparable)

  1. Obviously true, and requiring no proof, argument or explanation.
    • 1776, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America:
      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      Who were these people who took refuge behind a few honoured but misguided names? What right had they to expect serious men of science to suspend their labours in order to waste time in examining their wild surmises? Some things were self-evident and did not require proof.
    • 1999, Bertrand Russell, Charles R. Pigden, Russell on Ethics[2]:
      Can we then find axioms as self-evident as those of Arithmetic, on which we can build as on a sure foundation, which could be shaken only by a scepticism which should attack the whole fabric of our knowledge?
    • 2000, “Family Happiness”, in The Coroner's Gambit, performed by Mountain Goats:
      I guess I'm supposed to figure these things out
      Or maybe it's supposed to be self-evident


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