[ tran-sen-duhnt ]
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  1. going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.

  2. superior or supreme.

  1. Theology. (of the Deity) transcending the universe, time, etc.: Compare immanent (def. 3).

  2. Philosophy.

    • Scholasticism. above all possible modes of the infinite.

    • Kantianism. transcending experience; not realizable in human experience.: Compare transcendental (defs. 5a, c).

    • (in modern realism) referred to, but beyond, direct apprehension; outside consciousness.


Origin of transcendent

1575–85; <Latin trānscendent- (stem of trānscendēns), present participle of trānscendere.See transcend, -ent

Other words from transcendent

  • tran·scend·ent·ly, adverb
  • tran·scend·ent·ness, noun
  • su·per·tran·scend·ent, adjective
  • su·per·tran·scend·ent·ly, adverb
  • su·per·tran·scend·ent·ness, noun
  • un·tran·scend·ent, adjective

Words Nearby transcendent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use transcendent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for transcendent


/ (trænˈsɛndənt) /

  1. exceeding or surpassing in degree or excellence

    • (in the philosophy of Kant) beyond or before experience; a priori

    • (of a concept) falling outside a given set of categories

    • beyond consciousness or direct apprehension

  1. theol (of God) having continuous existence outside the created world

  2. free from the limitations inherent in matter

  1. philosophy a transcendent thing

Derived forms of transcendent

  • transcendence or transcendency, noun
  • transcendently, adverb
  • transcendentness, noun

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