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- n. The docrine that there is no transcendental ego or soul; that the perceived true self is an illusion. Corresponds to the Hinayana or Theravada Buddhist doctrine of anattā.
Negation prefixed to atman, from Sanskrit आत्म (Ātmā, "wind, breath, soul"), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Old English ǣþm ("breath")). (Wiktionary)