noumena

noumenon

[noo-muh-non]
noun, plural noumena [noo-muh-nuh] .
1.
the object, itself inaccessible to experience, to which a phenomenon is referred for the basis or cause of its sense content.
2.
a thing in itself, as distinguished from a phenomenon or thing as it appears.
3.
Kantianism. something that can be the object only of a purely intellectual, nonsensuous intuition.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Greek nooúmenon a thing being perceived, noun use of neuter of present participle passive of noeîn to perceive; akin to nous

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noumenon (ˈnuːmɪnən, ˈnaʊ-)
 
n , pl -na
1.  Compare phenomenon See also thing-in-itself (in the philosophy of Kant) a thing as it is in itself, not perceived or interpreted, incapable of being known, but only inferred from the nature of experience
2.  the object of a purely intellectual intuition
 
[C18: via German from Greek: thing being thought of, from noein to think, perceive; related to nous mind]
 
'noumenal
 
adj
 
'noumenalism
 
n
 
'noumenalist
 
n, —adj
 
noume'nality
 
n
 
'noumenally
 
adv

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noumenon
1796, "object of intellectual intuition" (opposed to a phenomenon), term introduced by Kant, from Gk. noumenon "that which is perceived," neut. passive prp. of noeo "I perceive by the mind" (from noos "mind"), with passive suffix -menos.
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