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transcendental

[tran-sen-den-tl, -suh n-] /ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən-/
adjective
1.
transcendent, surpassing, or superior.
2.
being beyond ordinary or common experience, thought, or belief; supernatural.
3.
abstract or metaphysical.
4.
idealistic, lofty, or extravagant.
5.
Philosophy.
  1. beyond the contingent and accidental in human experience, but not beyond all human knowledge.
    Compare transcendent (def 4b).
  2. pertaining to certain theories, etc., explaining what is objective as the contribution of the mind.
  3. Kantianism. of, pertaining to, based upon, or concerned with a priori elements in experience, which condition human knowledge.
    Compare transcendent (def 4b).
noun
6.
Mathematics, transcendental number.
7.
transcendentals, Scholasticism. categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Medieval Latin trānscendentālis. See transcendent, -al1
Related forms
transcendentality, noun
transcendentally, adverb
untranscendental, adjective
untranscendentally, adverb
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  • Normally, this could be a transcendental experience.
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  • To understand empirical reality requires transcendental understanding.
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British Dictionary definitions for transcendental

transcendental

/ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl/
adjective
1.
transcendent, superior, or surpassing
2.
(in the philosophy of Kant)
  1. (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
  2. of or relating to knowledge of the presuppositions of thought
3.
(philosophy) beyond our experience of phenomena, although not beyond potential knowledge
4.
(theol) surpassing the natural plane of reality or knowledge; supernatural or mystical
Derived Forms
transcendentality, noun
transcendentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcendental
adj.

1660s, from Medieval Latin transcendentalis, from Latin transcendentem (see transcendent). Transcendental meditation attested by 1966.

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