[ tran-sen-den-tl, -suhn- ]
/ ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən- /
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transcendent, surpassing, or superior.
being beyond ordinary or common experience, thought, or belief; supernatural.
abstract or metaphysical.
idealistic, lofty, or extravagant.
- 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).
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 transcendentaltran·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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How to use transcendental in a sentence
So long as we exalt this nature transcendentally to the clouds, we do not acquire its proper use.
By this standard you may measure the silly thought of those who speak transcendentally of an unlimited faculty of understanding.
The old logic could not construct any valid rules of thought, because it thought too transcendentally of thinking itself.
But he read transcendentally, not historically, to learn what he himself felt, not what others might have felt before him.Winds Of Doctrine|George Santayana
It is the business of metaphysics to treat being transcendentally.
British Dictionary definitions for transcendental
/ (ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl) /
transcendent, superior, or surpassing
(in the philosophy of Kant)
- (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
- 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 transcendentaltranscendentality, nountranscendentally, adverb
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