What does thing-in-itself mean?

Definitions for thing-in-itself

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word thing-in-itself.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. noumenon, thing-in-itself(noun)

    the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception


  1. thing-in-itself(Noun)

    In the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and those whom he influenced, a thing as it is independent of any conceptualization or perception by the human mind, postulated by practical reason but existing in a condition which is in principle unknowable and unexperienceable.

  2. Origin: Literal translation of the German term Ding an sich.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thing-in-itself in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thing-in-itself in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Irving Penn:

    A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page.

  2. Warburg Pincus ':

    The secular shift in the balance of power between limited partners and general partners has begun to make the industry more transparent about how firms make money, which is a good thing in itself.

  3. Eric Butterworth:

    Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.

  4. Roger Zelazny:

    I don't know that I ever wanted greatness, on its own. It seems rather like wanting to be an engineer, rather than wanting to design something--or wanting to be a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip.

Images & Illustrations of thing-in-itself

  1. thing-in-itself

Translations for thing-in-itself

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for thing-in-itself »


Find a translation for the thing-in-itself definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these thing-in-itself definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"thing-in-itself." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/thing-in-itself>.

Are we missing a good definition for thing-in-itself? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for thing-in-itself:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.