phe·​nom·​e·​no·​log·​i·​cal | \ fi-ˌnä-mə-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce phenomenological (audio) \

Definition of phenomenological

1 : of or relating to phenomenology
3 : of or relating to phenomenalism

Other Words from phenomenological

phenomenologically \ fi-​ˌnä-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phenomenological (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phenomenological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her approach was phenomenological, moving down to the bottom of perception and meaning-making. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, 18 June 2021 Luhrmann’s methods are phenomenological, deliberately small. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021 Her fascination with reality television seems largely phenomenological, an extension of her critical writing: As a deeply private person, contemporary standards of self-exposure fascinate and repel her. Megan O’grady, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2020 While the practice of architecture can become subsumed by practicalities and technicalities, Levy’s work is an imaginative exploration of the phenomenological qualities of building: the way light and nature and materiality interact in space. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2020 The novel is virtuosic in mining beauty and pathos from the texture of daily life; reading Crain’s prose can feel like seeing a world made hyper-real, crisper and more intense, as through some phenomenological Instagram filter. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2019 In his turn, Charles Manson himself has become something of a symbol and magnet for those drawn to the phenomenological power of evil. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 29 July 2019 In the first, Sontag plays the role of the ghost of camp’s past [to illustrate] both its etymological and phenomenological origins. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 22 Feb. 2019 This capability will be provided through basic phenomenological research, hardware, and algorithm development of sense-through-wall technology that can directly support tactical expeditionary urban operations in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Sharon Weinberger, WIRED, 1 July 2007

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circa 1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phenomenological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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