[ tran-sen-den-tl, -suhn- ]
/ ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən- /
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Mathematics. transcendental number.
transcendentals, Scholasticism. categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.



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Origin of transcendental

From the Medieval Latin word trānscendentālis, dating back to 1615–25. See transcendent, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM transcendental

tran·scen·den·tal·i·ty, nountran·scen·den·tal·ly, adverbun·tran·scen·den·tal, adjectiveun·tran·scen·den·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for transcendental

/ (ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl) /


transcendent, superior, or surpassing
(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
philosophy beyond our experience of phenomena, although not beyond potential knowledge
theol surpassing the natural plane of reality or knowledge; supernatural or mystical

Derived forms of transcendental

transcendentality, nountranscendentally, adverb
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