AskDefine | Define transcendental

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transcendental adj
1 existing outside of or not in accordance with nature; "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley [syn: nonnatural, otherworldly, preternatural]
2 of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual about the empirical and material

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  • /tɹænˈsɛndɛntəl/


  1. Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge, independent of experience.
  2. Superior, surpassing all others.
  3. Mystical or supernatural.
  4. Of, or relating to a number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.

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Extensive Definition

Transcendental can refer to Trenscendental (Kant)]], Kant's concept:

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