What does transcendental mean?

Definitions for transcendental
ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tl, -sən-tran·scen·den·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nonnatural, otherworldly, preternatural, transcendentaladjective

    existing outside of or not in accordance with nature

    "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley

  2. transcendentaladjective

    of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material


  1. transcendentalnoun

    A transcendentalist.

  2. transcendentaladjective

    Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge, independent of experience.

  3. transcendentaladjective

    Superior, surpassing all others.

  4. transcendentaladjective


  5. transcendentaladjective

    Mystical or supernatural.

  6. transcendentaladjective

    Of, or relating to a number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Transcendentaladjective

    Etymology: transcendentalis, low Lat.

    Though the Deity perceiveth not pleasure nor pain, as we do; yet he must have a perfect and transcendental perception of these, and of all other things. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. ii.


  1. transcendental

    Transcendental usually refers to something that goes beyond or exceeds ordinary experience or material existence, often relating to the spiritual or mystical realm. It can also refer to something that is not capable of being understood or explained through known, ordinary human reasoning or experience, often exceeding the limitations of physical or worldly understanding. In mathematics, 'transcendental' refers to a number, function, or equation that is not capable of being expressed in terms of algebraic operations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transcendentalnoun

    a transcendentalist

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transcendental in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transcendental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of transcendental in a Sentence

  1. Erik Pevernagie:

    By transcending our daily reality and embarking on an alternative journey we create an opportunity to taste the many nitty-gritties of life. Going beyond the day-to-day contingencies and the usual concerns, allows us to recognize ourselves better by figuring out the mystery and the anonymity of our surrounding world. ("Transcendental journey")

  2. Barry Schwartz:

    We thought it was brilliant, the voices and the production, the word that comes to mind is transcendental.

  3. Jean Genet:

    The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.

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