Part of speech: adjective
Obvious in and of itself
Not requiring proof
Examples of Self-evident in a sentence
"The Declaration of Independence holds certain truths to be self-evident."
"The answer to her question was self-evident."
Ever since the Declaration of Independence deemed certain truths self-evident, America has prided itself on adhering to the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. By holding those truths above all others, the country has proven that some things truly are self-evident.
Did you Know?
Thomas Jefferson ensured that "self-evident" wouldn't leave the American lexicon for centuries, but it had already been in use for at least 100 years by the time he included it in the Declaration of Independence.