phe·​nom·​e·​no·​log·​i·​cal fi-ˌnä-mə-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce phenomenological (audio)
: of or relating to phenomenology
: of or relating to phenomenalism
phenomenologically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Katchadourian’s phenomenological exercise similarly encourages free-floating slippages in thinking, the euphoric discovery of hidden connections. Vulture, 26 May 2023 Our philosophy was to define a phenomenological model that encompasses the generic signatures of bubble collisions, and use the data to constrain the free parameters in the model. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2010 Holl emerged as a magnetic force within the profession in the late 1980s, a philosopher-architect who spoke poetically (if somewhat abstrusely) of the phenomenological qualities of buildings, and illustrated his work with lovely drawings that seemed closer to Paul Klee than Paul Rudolph. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 24 June 2021 These three revelation experiences share many phenomenological components like feeling and hearing a presence, seeing a figure, seeing lights, and feeling of fear. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2012 Contemporary research into addiction, which has approached the behavior from a phenomenological perspective, asks what personal motivations may lead a person to develop an addictive behavior. Conor Feehly, Discover Magazine, 30 June 2022 To be sure, these substances facilitate profound phenomenological experiences. Michael Pollack, STAT, 17 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phenomenological was circa 1858

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“Phenomenological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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