transcendental

[ tran-sen-den-tl, -suh n- ]
/ ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən- /

adjective

noun

Mathematics. transcendental number.
transcendentals, Scholasticism. categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.

Origin of transcendental

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

transcendental

/ (ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl) /

adjective

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 Formstranscendentality, nountranscendentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcendental

transcendental


adj.

1660s, from Medieval Latin transcendentalis, from Latin transcendentem (see transcendent). Transcendental meditation attested by 1966.

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