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Omnipresence (omni all + presence; lit. all places) is the ability to be everywhere. This trait is usually attributed to God. Some argue that this is a derived characteristic of God: an omniscient and omnipotent God knows every place and can act everywhere. Others teach God as having the "Three O's" and include omnipresence as a separate characteristic of God.

Some anthropologists believe that the concept of omnipresence developed through time, and that earlier views were that God is localized and tied to a land. For example, Jonah attempted to flee the presence of God via ship; the same story however also demonstrates that this attempt failed, in part because God was not limited to a land.