transcendental

 /ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
tran•scen•den•tal /ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl, -sən-/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. being beyond ordinary experience, thought, or belief.
tran•scen•den•tal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
tran•scen•den•tal  (tran′sen dentl, -sən-), 
adj. 
  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. [Philos.]
      • beyond the contingent and accidental in human experience, but not beyond all human knowledge. Cf. transcendent (def. 4b).
      • pertaining to certain theories, etc., explaining what is objective as the contribution of the mind.
      • [Kantianism.]of, pertaining to, based upon, or concerned with a priori elements in experience, which condition human knowledge. Cf. transcendent (def. 4b).

n. 
  1. [Math.]See transcendental number.
  2. transcendentals, [Scholasticism.]categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.
Etymology:
  • Medieval Latin trānscendentālis. See transcendent, -al1
  • 1615–25
tran′scen•den•tali•ty,n. 
tran′scen•dental•lyadv. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

transcendental /ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəl/ adj
  1. transcendent, superior, or surpassing
  2. (in the philosophy of Kant) (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
  3. of or relating to knowledge of the presuppositions of thought
  4. beyond our experience of phenomena, although not beyond potential knowledge
  5. surpassing the natural plane of reality or knowledge; supernatural or mystical

ˌtranscenˈdentally adv



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