transcendental

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

Definition of transcendental

1 a : transcendent 1b
d : of or relating to transcendentalism
2 a : 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
4 : transcendent 1a

transcendentally

play \-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of transcendental in a Sentence

  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

1624



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