transcendent


tran·scen·dent

adjective \-dənt\

: going beyond the limits of ordinary experience

: far better or greater than what is usual

Full Definition of TRANSCENDENT

1
a :  exceeding usual limits :  surpassing
b :  extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience
c in Kantian philosophy :  being beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge
2
:  being beyond comprehension
3
:  transcending the universe or material existence — compare immanent 2
4
:  universally applicable or significant <the antislavery movement…recognized the transcendent importance of liberty — L. H. Tribe>
tran·scen·dent·ly adverb

Examples of TRANSCENDENT

  1. <a firm belief in angels, demons, and other transcendent beings>
  2. <the star player's transcendent performance helped the team to a surprise victory>

Origin of TRANSCENDENT

Middle English, from Latin transcendent-, transcendens, present participle of transcendere
First Known Use: 15th century

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