Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to transcendental: transcendental meditation, Transcendental functions, transcendental philosophy
mystical; knowledge derived from intuitive sources: It was a transcendental experience.
Not to be confused with:
transcendent – surpassing all others; pre-eminent: Her beauty was transcendent.
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree
a. Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge as independent of experience.
b. Asserting a fundamental irrationality or supernatural element in experience.
2. Surpassing all others; superior.
3. Beyond common thought or experience; mystical or supernatural.
4. Mathematics Of or relating to a real or complex number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. transcendent, superior, or surpassing
2. (Philosophy) (in the philosophy of Kant)
a. (of a judgment or logical deduction) being both synthetic and a priori
b. of or relating to knowledge of the presuppositions of thought
3. (Philosophy) philosophy beyond our experience of phenomena, although not beyond potential knowledge
4. (Theology) theol surpassing the natural plane of reality or knowledge; supernatural or mystical
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
tran•scen•den•tal(ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən-)
1. transcendent, surpassing, or superior.
2. being beyond ordinary or common experience, thought, or belief; supernatural.
3. abstract or metaphysical.
4. idealistic, lofty, or visionary.
a. beyond the contingent and accidental in human experience, but not beyond all human knowledge.
b. (in Kantian philosophy) of, based upon, or concerned with a priori elements in experience, which condition human knowledge.
6. (of a number) not the root of any algebraic equation with rational coefficients. Compare irrational (def. 4).
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Adj.||1.||transcendental - existing outside of or not in accordance with nature; "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley|
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
|2.||transcendental - of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
1. Existing only in concept and not in reality:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A. ADJ (Philos) → trascendental
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
transcendental[ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntl] adj (frm) → trascendentale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995