tran·​scen·​den·​tal | \ ˌtran(t)-ˌsen-ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce transcendental (audio) , -sən- \

Definition of transcendental

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 (such as sin x, log x, ex) that cannot be expressed by a finite number of algebraic operations transcendental curves
3 in Kantian philosophy
a : of or relating to experience as determined by the mind's makeup
b : transcending experience but not human knowledge

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Other Words from transcendental

transcendentally \ ˌtran(t)-​ˌsen-​ˈden-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce transcendentally (audio) , -​sən-​ \ adverb

Examples of transcendental in a Sentence

the concept of the soul as a transcendental entity that exists entirely apart from the body 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

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Transcendental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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