nou·​me·​non | \ ˈnü-mə-ˌnän How to pronounce noumenon (audio) \
plural noumena\ ˈnü-​mə-​nə How to pronounce noumena (audio) , -​ˌnä \

Definition of noumenon

: a posited object or event as it appears in itself independent of perception by the senses

Other Words from noumenon

noumenal \ ˈnü-​mə-​nᵊl How to pronounce noumenal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of noumenon

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noumenon

German, from Greek nooumenon that which is apprehended by thought, from neuter of present passive participle of noein to think, conceive, from nous mind

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“Noumenon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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