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transcendent

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adjective tran·scen·dent \-dənt\

Simple Definition of transcendent

  • : going beyond the limits of ordinary experience

  • : far better or greater than what is usual

Full Definition of transcendent

  1. 1a :  exceeding usual limits :  surpassingb :  extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experiencec in Kantian philosophy :  being beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge

  2. 2 :  being beyond comprehension

  3. 3 :  transcending the universe or material existence — compare immanent 2

  4. 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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