[tran-sen-duh nt]


going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.
superior or supreme.
Theology. (of the Deity) transcending the universe, time, etc.Compare immanent(def 3).
  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.

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transcendents



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
theol (of God) having continuous existence outside the created world
free from the limitations inherent in matter


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper