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[tran-sen-den-tl, -suh n-] /ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən-/
transcendent, surpassing, or superior.
being beyond ordinary or common experience, thought, or belief; supernatural.
abstract or metaphysical.
idealistic, lofty, or extravagant.
  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).
Mathematics. transcendental number.
transcendentals, Scholasticism. categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.
Origin of transcendental
1615-25; < Medieval Latin trānscendentālis. See transcendent, -al1
Related forms
transcendentality, noun
transcendentally, adverb
untranscendental, adjective
untranscendentally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for transcendentally
Historical Examples
  • Man learnt to conceive Nature's rule, not transcendentally, but intrinsically.

  • He has acquired a stock of ideas true enough for his purposes, but not so transcendentally true as to interfere with his business.

  • They also talked on serious subjects; subjects so transcendentally serious as to be of interest only by night.

    The Pines of Lory John Ames Mitchell
  • The old logic could not construct any valid rules of thought, because it thought too transcendentally of thinking itself.

  • As phenomenon, matter is unreal; but transcendentally it belongs by its ultimate nature to the Sole Reality.

  • These beyond question must be transcendentally possessed by the Cause on which they depend.

  • Life is too transcendentally humorous for a man not to take it seriously.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • In the end, Death had grown to be something more than Death to him—it was, mysteriously and transcendentally, Love as well.

    Books and Characters Lytton Strachey
  • I might have been keener, I dare say; but one of the transcendentally lovely things of youth is its perfect faith.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for transcendentally


transcendent, superior, or surpassing
(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
(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
transcendentality, noun
transcendentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcendentally



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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