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[tran-sen-duh nt] /trænˈsɛn dənt/
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 forms
transcendently, adverb
transcendentness, noun
supertranscendent, adjective
supertranscendently, adverb
supertranscendentness, noun
untranscendent, adjective Unabridged
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  • Even culture, symbols-metamorphosis, this transcendent theme in literature around the world.
  • Networking idealists have always preferred to believe that online communities have a transcendent sociological value.
  • There is something transcendent about studying science.
  • But to do so, they must first believe in abstract, transcendent principles.
  • The goals were transcendent: drive out the foreigners, unite the country.
  • It is backed by a civil religion giving transcendent significance to those ideals.
  • He treats the symphonies less as transcendent expressions of life in all its extremes than as sophisticated musical compositions.
  • They provided their own transcendent authority and demanded its universal recognition.
  • Appeals to the transcendent value of the nation-state can be progressive or regressive.
  • Argues that the transcendent nature and needs of humankind are not addressed by adult education theory or practice.
British Dictionary definitions for transcendent


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 Forms
transcendence, transcendency, noun
transcendently, adverb
transcendentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for transcendent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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