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adj. Philosophy
Productive of effects outside the mind.

[Latin trānsiēns, trānseunt-, present participle of trānsīre, to go over; see transient.]


(ˈtrænsɪənt) or


(Philosophy) philosophy (of a mental act) causing effects outside the mind
[C17: from Latin transiēns going over, from transīre to pass over; see trance]
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Adj.1.transeunt - of a mental acttranseunt - of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
immanent, subjective - of a mental act performed entirely within the mind; "a cognition is an immanent act of mind"
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Living things exhibit what philosophers call "immanent causality" as well as "transeunt" (or "transient") causality, whereas nonliving things exhibit only transeunt causality.
Immanent and Transeunt Potentiality, NATHANAEL STEIN
Foys s claim that his essay is different from its companions as it addresses "the transitive, transeunt, trans-historical, transcultural and transdisciplinary qualities of the Anglo-Saxon cross" (perhaps the author was trying to mimic the alliterative style of medieval poets) and the egregious and nonsensical statement that the focus of his essay, the Nunburnholme Cross, "stands as particularly clear proof .
passing over to or affecting something else; transeunt.
Hii [domini terreni] in curribus et hii in equis phaleratis cum tintinnabulis aureis, cum uestibus cericis, cum pellibus uarijs, de lacrimis et sudore pauperum comparatis, pocius sunt de consorcio Pharaonis quam filiorum Israel, qui non in humilitate mare mundi huius transeunt, sed in aquis uehementibus inferni cum Pharaone submergentur.
does not violate the occasionalist tenet that God is the one true efficient transeunt cause' (108, italics added).
Recall that Leibniz often remarks that God is the only operative transeunt cause and that creatures, precluded from causal interaction amongst themselves, act immanently.