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transcendent

[tran-sen-duh nt]
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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.
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noun Mathematics.
  1. a transcendental function.
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Origin of transcendent

1575–85; < Latin trānscendent- (stem of trānscendēns), present participle of trānscendere. See transcend, -ent
Related formstran·scend·ent·ly, adverbtran·scend·ent·ness, nounsu·per·tran·scend·ent, adjectivesu·per·tran·scend·ent·ly, adverbsu·per·tran·scend·ent·ness, nounun·tran·scend·ent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for transcendents

transcendent

adjective
  1. exceeding or surpassing in degree or excellence
    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
  2. theol (of God) having continuous existence outside the created world
  3. free from the limitations inherent in matter
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noun
  1. philosophy a transcendent thing
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Derived Formstranscendence or transcendency, nountranscendently, adverbtranscendentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for transcendents

transcendent

adj.

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

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