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transcendental

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adjective tran·scen·den·tal \ˌtran(t)-ˌsen-ˈden-təl, -sən-\

Definition of transcendental

  1. 1a :  transcendent 1bb :  supernaturalc :  abstruse, abstractd :  of or relating to transcendentalism

  2. 2a :  incapable of being the root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients <π is a transcendental number>b :  being, involving, or representing a function (as sin x, log x, ex) that cannot be expressed by a finite number of algebraic operations <transcendental curves>

  3. 3 in Kantian philosophy a :  of or relating to experience as determined by the mind's makeupb :  transcending experience but not human knowledge

  4. 4 :  transcendent 1a

tran·scen·den·tal·ly play \-təl-ē\ adverb


Examples of transcendental

  1. <the concept of the soul as a transcendental entity that exists entirely apart from the body>

  2. <in his speeches he manifests a transcendental ability to inspire people from all points on the political spectrum>



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First Known Use of transcendental

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