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  • 1Relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm.

    ‘the transcendental importance of each person's soul’
    • ‘The spiritual in man may soar in the highest transcendental realms, but man's body is essentially that of an animal.’
    • ‘Hindus readily accept as reality transcendental realms of Gods and devas and higher modes of consciousness than that in which we commonly live.’
    • ‘Isaac's prayer is symbolic of the transcendental spiritual beauty of Judaism.’
    • ‘It does not constitute either a sect or a school of thought, but is rather a spiritual or transcendental practice, which persists despite criticism from orthodox theologians.’
    • ‘What's cool about this idea is that it implies a transcendental, eternal spiritual life.’
    • ‘I ended up with something like transcendental animistic chaos with stress on the importance if imminent divinity when I was done with it, which has worked well for me so far.’
    • ‘Today's terrorists increasingly look at their acts of death and destruction as sacramental or transcendental on a spiritual or eschatological level.’
    • ‘Some people regard the religious as more spiritual and transcendental persons.’
    • ‘These transcendental depictions of spiritual evocation ring true.’
    • ‘It is true that people out of poverty long for something higher, transcendental and spiritual.’
    • ‘More broadly it is a ‘successful’ moment of categorical objectification of the original transcendental self-communication of the divine everywhere.’
    • ‘Religious miracles like paranormal claims postulate a nonnatural transcendental realm that allegedly cannot be evaluated by evidence or reason.’
    • ‘Or that communion with God is but a transcendental, emotional state of self-negation and acceptance?’
    • ‘Among those born since 1955 there has been a considerable increase in belief in a transcendental order - a personally concerned God, life after death, miracles, heaven.’
    • ‘Through visual art, he tried to express a transcendental mysticism that he felt he could not fully communicate through music.’
    • ‘God for them was the transcendental other that they found in the Bible.’
    supernatural, preternatural, transcendent, other-worldly, superhuman, mystical, mystic, spiritual, divine, heavenly, exalted, sublime, ethereal, numinous, transmundane, ineffable
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    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting Transcendentalism.
      ‘Kant's assertion that transcendental idealism entails empirical realism is difficult to interpret.’
      • ‘On the other hand, transcendental empiricism has epistemological implications insofar as knowledge too must be formed in a process of individuation.’
      • ‘How should we assess Husserl's transcendental phenomenology?’
      • ‘There are theists in all of these categories (don't know about transcendental idealism or logical positivists), so they all allow for divine intervention of a kind.’
      • ‘The basis of the aesthetic-ethical movement was Kant's transcendental idealism.’
  • 2(in Kantian philosophy) presupposed in and necessary to experience; a priori.

    ‘Echoes of the subsequent post-Hegelian criticisms of Kantian transcendental philosophy are found in the early work of Horkheimer and Marcuse.’
    • ‘Husserl sees his own transcendental phenomenology as the true heir to Kant's transcendental philosophy.’
    • ‘Eze evidently thinks it very important to emphasize that Kant appealed to his transcendental philosophy and his theory of the a priori to formulate his racial theory.’
    • ‘Kant conveyed this point in the idea that consciousness entails a transcendental a priori not capturable by experience or observation.’
    • ‘Kant's solution of the problem of God, which regards the concept of God simply as a transcendental postulate of practical reason or a regulative idea, is unacceptable.’
  • 3Mathematics
    (of a number, e.g., e or π) real but not a root of an algebraic equation with rational roots.

    ‘Liouville had introduced such numbers as examples of transcendental numbers - real numbers that are not roots of polynomial equations with integer coefficients.’
    • ‘Mathematicians had regarded algebraic numbers as, in some sense, simpler than transcendental numbers.’
    • ‘The very names negative numbers, irrational numbers, transcendental numbers, imaginary numbers, and ideal points at infinity indicate ambivalence.’
    • ‘Or should they legitimately be applied only to continuous curves susceptible of being expressed by algebraic or transcendental equations?’
    • ‘In 1851 he published results on transcendental numbers removing the dependence on continued fractions.’
    • ‘Of the irrational, transcendental numbers, pi seems to get all the attention.’
    1. 3.1(of a function) not capable of being produced by the algebraical operations of addition, multiplication, and involution, or the inverse operations.
      ‘If fifth-degree polynomials are so hard, what can one do with transcendental functions of a complex variable?’
      • ‘It was decided to concentrate on a three-volume work on the Higher transcendental functions, to be followed by two volumes of tables of integrals.’
      • ‘I have just finished an extensive treatise on a certain class of transcendental functions to present it to the Institute which will be done next Monday.’
      • ‘Only the arc lengths of transcendental curves such as the cycloid and the logarithmic spiral had been calculated before this.’



/ˌtranˌ(t)senˈden(t)l/ /ˌtrænˌ(t)sɛnˈdɛn(t)l/ /ˌtran(t)snˈden(t)l/ /ˌtræn(t)snˈdɛn(t)l/


Early 17th century from medieval Latin transcendentalis (see transcendent).