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transcendental

[tran-sen-den-tl, -suh n-] /ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən-/
adjective
1.
transcendent, surpassing, or superior.
2.
being beyond ordinary or common experience, thought, or belief; supernatural.
3.
abstract or metaphysical.
4.
idealistic, lofty, or extravagant.
5.
Philosophy.
  1. beyond the contingent and accidental in human experience, but not beyond all human knowledge.
    Compare transcendent (def 4b).
  2. pertaining to certain theories, etc., explaining what is objective as the contribution of the mind.
  3. Kantianism. of, pertaining to, based upon, or concerned with a priori elements in experience, which condition human knowledge.
    Compare transcendent (def 4b).
noun
6.
Mathematics. transcendental number.
7.
transcendentals, Scholasticism. categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.
Origin of transcendental
1615-1625
From the Medieval Latin word trānscendentālis, dating back to 1615-25. See transcendent, -al1
Related forms
transcendentality, noun
transcendentally, adverb
untranscendental, adjective
untranscendentally, adverb
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  • “You are too transcendental for me,” growled Ossipon, with moody concern.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Hegelianism may be said to be a transcendental defence of the world as it is.

    Sophist Plato
  • These passages are full of transcendental ideas; do you object to them?

  • These transcendental notions were the beginning of the mental outfit of mankind.

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    William Graham Sumner
  • His may not be a transcendental mind, or one sufficiently elastic for politics.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for transcendental

transcendental

/ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl/
adjective
1.
transcendent, superior, or surpassing
2.
(in the philosophy of Kant)
  1. (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
  2. of or relating to knowledge of the presuppositions of thought
3.
(philosophy) beyond our experience of phenomena, although not beyond potential knowledge
4.
(theol) surpassing the natural plane of reality or knowledge; supernatural or mystical
Derived Forms
transcendentality, noun
transcendentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcendental
adj.

1660s, from Medieval Latin transcendentalis, from Latin transcendentem (see transcendent). Transcendental meditation attested by 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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