any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
a remarkable development
An observable fact or occurrence or a kind of observable fact or occurrence.
Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable.
A fact or event considered very unusual, curious, or astonishing by those who witness it.
A wonderful or very remarkable person or thing.
An experienced object whose constitution reflects the order and conceptual structure imposed upon it by the human mind (especially by the powers of perception and understanding).
an appearance; anything visible; whatever, in matter or spirit, is apparent to, or is apprehended by, observation; as, the phenomena of heat, light, or electricity; phenomena of imagination or memory
that which strikes one as strange, unusual, or unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon
Origin: [L. phaenomenon, Gr. faino`menon, fr. fai`nesqai to appear, fai`nein to show. See Phantom.]
A phenomenon, plural phenomena, is any observable occurrence. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as 'appearances' or 'experiences'. These are themselves sometimes understood as involving qualia. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon. In contrast to a phenomenon, a noumenon is not directly accessible to observation. Kant was heavily influenced by Leibniz in this part of his philosophy, in which phenomenon and noumenon serve as interrelated technical terms.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fē-nom′e-non, n. an appearance: the appearance which anything makes to our consciousness, as distinguished from what it is in itself: an observed result: a remarkable or unusual person, thing, or appearance:—pl. Phenom′ena.—adj. Phenom′enal, pertaining to a phenomenon: of the nature of a phenomenon: so strange as to excite great wonder: out of the common.—v.t. Phenom′enalise, to represent as a phenomenon.—ns. Phenom′enalism, the philosophical doctrine that the phenomenal and the real are identical—that phenomena are the only realities—also Externalism; Phenom′enalist, one who believes in phenomenalism; Phenomenal′ity, the character of being phenomenal.—adv. Phenom′enally.—v.t. Phenom′enise, to bring into the world of experience.—ns. Phenom′enism, the doctrines of the phenomenists; Phenom′enist, one who believes only what he observes, or phenomena, one who rejects necessary primary principles.—adj. Phenomenōlog′ical.—n. Phenomenol′ogy, a description of phenomena. [Gr. phainomenon—phainein, to show.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'phenomenon' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4083
Rank popularity for the word 'phenomenon' in Nouns Frequency: #1228
The numerical value of phenomenon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of phenomenon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This phenomenon is the basis of traumatic stress reactions.
Whether I like it or not I am inextricably tied to the Ferguson phenomenon.
A long-term refugee policy is required as the phenomenon is expected to last.
What a searching preacher of self-command is the varying phenomenon of health.
If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to?
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Translations for phenomenon
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- fenomenCatalan, Valencian
- úkaz, jev, fenoménCzech
- fenomènHaitian Creole
- jelenség, tünet, fenomén, tüneményHungarian
- ֆենոմեն, երևույթArmenian
- fenomenNorwegian Nynorsk
- zjawisko, fenomenPolish
- явление, необыкновенное явление, феномен, эффект, событиеRussian
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