[ noo-muh-non ]
/ ˈnu məˌnɒn /
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noun, plural nou·me·na [noo-muh-nuh]. /ˈnu mə nə/.
the object, itself inaccessible to experience, to which a phenomenon is referred for the basis or cause of its sense content.
a thing in itself, as distinguished from a phenomenon or thing as it appears.
Kantianism. something that can be the object only of a purely intellectual, nonsensuous intuition.
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Origin of noumenon
1790–1800; <Greek nooúmenon a thing being perceived, noun use of neuter of present participle passive of noeîn to perceive; akin to nous
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How to use noumenon in a sentence
There is the world of appearance (phenomena), and there is the world of reality or substance (noumena).Theism or Atheism|Chapman Cohen
The various awe-compelling phenomena soon ceased to have any connection with the anthropomorphic noumena they had begotten.The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
All are agreed that to know things per se—noumena—we must know them through some other channel then experience.Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers|Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
But it is a doctrine of our author that these laws are true, and cannot but be known to be true, of Noumena likewise.
But Mr. Mill, as we have seen before, is not much at home when he gets among “noumena.”
British Dictionary definitions for noumenon
/ (ˈnuːmɪnən, ˈnaʊ-) /
noun plural -na (-nə)
(in the philosophy of Kant) a thing as it is in itself, not perceived or interpreted, incapable of being known, but only inferred from the nature of experienceCompare phenomenon (def. 3) See also thing-in-itself
the object of a purely intellectual intuition
Derived forms of noumenon
noumenal, adjectivenoumenalism, nounnoumenalist, noun, adjectivenoumenality, noun
Word Origin for noumenon
C18: via German from Greek: thing being thought of, from noein to think, perceive; related to nous mind
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