[tran-sen-duh nt]
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  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.
  1. a transcendental function.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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.



  • 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


  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
  1. philosophy a transcendent thing
Derived Formstranscendence or transcendency, nountranscendently, adverbtranscendentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for transcendent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper