from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Philosophy Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge as independent of experience.
- adj. Philosophy Asserting a fundamental irrationality or supernatural element in experience.
- adj. Surpassing all others; superior.
- adj. Beyond common thought or experience; mystical or supernatural.
- adj. Mathematics Of or relating to a real or complex number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A transcendentalist.
- adj. Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge, independent of experience.
- adj. Superior, surpassing all others.
- adj. Extraordinary.
- adj. Mystical or supernatural.
- adj. Of, or relating to a number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Supereminent; surpassing others.
- adj. In the Kantian system, of or pertaining to that which can be determined a priori in regard to the fundamental principles of all human knowledge. What is transcendental, therefore, transcends empiricism; but is does not transcend all human knowledge, or become transcendent. It simply signifies the a priori or necessary conditions of experience which, though affording the conditions of experience, transcend the sphere of that contingent knowledge which is acquired by experience.
- adj. Vaguely and ambitiously extravagant in speculation, imagery, or diction.
- n. A transcendentalist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as transcendent, 1.
- In philosophy: In Aristotelian philosophy, extending beyond the bounds of a single category.
- In Cartesian philosophy, predicable both of body and of spirit.
- Pertaining to the existence in experience of a priori elements; a priori. This is chiefly a Kantian term, but was also used by Dugald Stewart. See Kantianism, category, a priori.
- In Schellingistic philosophy, explaining matter and all that is objective as a product of subjective mind.
- Abstrusely speculative; beyond the reach of ordinary, every-day, or common thought and experience; hence, vague; obscure; fantastic; extravagant.
- Not capable of being produced by the algebraical operations of addition, multiplication, involution, and their inverse operations. The commonest transcendental functions are e, log x, sin x, etc.
- Knowledge a priori.
- The value of a transcendental function.
- A first principle.
- n. A transcendent conception, such as thing, something, one, true. good.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
- adj. of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material
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