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transcendent

[tran-sen-duh nt] /trænˈsɛn dənt/
adjective
1.
going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.
2.
superior or supreme.
3.
Theology. (of the Deity) transcending the universe, time, etc.
Compare immanent (def 3).
4.
Philosophy.
  1. Scholasticism. above all possible modes of the infinite.
  2. Kantianism. transcending experience; not realizable in human experience.
    Compare transcendental (defs 5a, c).
  3. (in modern realism) referred to, but beyond, direct apprehension; outside consciousness.
noun, Mathematics.
Origin of transcendent
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin trānscendent- (stem of trānscendēns), present participle of trānscendere. See transcend, -ent
Related forms
transcendently, adverb
transcendentness, noun
supertranscendent, adjective
supertranscendently, adverb
supertranscendentness, noun
untranscendent, adjective
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  • But, after all, I hope I shall be enabled to be honest to a merit so transcendent.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Our town, as may be imagined, buzzed with transcendent gossip on the morrow.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Also he sometimes supposes that God is immanent in the world, sometimes that he is transcendent.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Society is sure to slander a woman of transcendent beauty and intellect.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • This is one of the transcendent issues involved in this contest.

British Dictionary definitions for transcendent

transcendent

/trænˈsɛndənt/
adjective
1.
exceeding or surpassing in degree or excellence
2.
  1. (in the philosophy of Kant) beyond or before experience; a priori
  2. (of a concept) falling outside a given set of categories
  3. beyond consciousness or direct apprehension
3.
(theol) (of God) having continuous existence outside the created world
4.
free from the limitations inherent in matter
noun
5.
(philosophy) a transcendent thing
Derived Forms
transcendence, transcendency, noun
transcendently, adverb
transcendentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for transcendent
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin transcendentem, present participle of transcendere (see transcend).

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