- beyond the contingent and accidental in human experience, but not beyond all human knowledge.Compare transcendent (def. 4b).
- pertaining to certain theories, etc., explaining what is objective as the contribution of the mind.
- Kantianism. of, pertaining to, based upon, or concerned with a priori elements in experience, which condition human knowledge.Compare transcendent (def. 4b).
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Origin of transcendental
OTHER WORDS FROM transcendentaltran·scen·den·tal·i·ty, nountran·scen·den·tal·ly, adverbun·tran·scen·den·tal, adjectiveun·tran·scen·den·tal·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for transcendental
The old logic could not construct any valid rules of thought, because it thought too transcendentally of thinking itself.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy|Joseph Dietzgen
In the end, Death had grown to be something more than Death to him—it was, mysteriously and transcendentally, Love as well.Books and Characters|Lytton Strachey
These beyond question must be transcendentally possessed by the Cause on which they depend.The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer|John Gerard
He has acquired a stock of ideas true enough for his purposes, but not so transcendentally true as to interfere with his business.Atlantic Classics, Second Series|Henry C. Merwin
I might have been keener, I dare say; but one of the transcendentally lovely things of youth is its perfect faith.Hope Mills|Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for transcendental
- (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
- of or relating to knowledge of the presuppositions of thought