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 (ə-sē′ĭ-tē, ā-, -sā′-)
n. Philosophy
The state or quality of existing in and of oneself, without external cause.

[Medieval Latin āsēitās : Latin ā, by, from, of + Latin , himself, herself, itself (in the Scholastic descriptive phrase used of God, (ēns) ā sē, (something existing) from itself, of itself; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots) + Latin -itās, -ity; see -ity.]
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(Philosophy) philosophy existence derived from itself, having no other source
[C17: from Medieval Latin aseitas, from Latin ā from + oneself]
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