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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRANSCENDENT'AL, a. Supereminent; surpassing others; as transcendental being or qualities.
Transcendental quantities, among geometricians, are indeterminate ones, or such as cannot be expressed or fixed to any constant equation.
Transcendental curve, is such as cannot be defined by any algebraic equation, or of which, when it is expressed by an equation, one of the terms is a variable quantity.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1624 1. a. transcendent 1b b. supernatural c. abstruse, abstract d. of or relating to transcendentalism 2. a. incapable of being the root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients <? is a transcendental number> b. being, involving, or representing a function (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 adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 = TRANSCENDENT. 2 a (in Kantian philosophy) presupposed in and necessary to experience; a priori. b (in Schelling's philosophy) explaining matter and objective things as products of the subjective mind. c (esp. in Emerson's philosophy) regarding the divine as the guiding principle in man. 3 a visionary, abstract. b vague, obscure. 4 Math. (of a function) not capable of being produced by the algebraical operations of addition, multiplication, and involution, or the inverse operations. --n. a transcendental term, conception, etc. Phrases and idioms: transcendental cognition a priori knowledge. Transcendental Meditation a method of detaching oneself from problems, anxiety, etc., by silent meditation and repetition of a mantra. transcendental object a real (unknown and unknowable) object. transcendental unity unity brought about by cognition. Derivatives: transcendentally adv. Etymology: med.L transcendentalis (as TRANSCENDENT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Transcendental Tran`scen*den"tal, n. A transcendentalist. [Obs.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Transcendental refers to things that lie beyond the practical experience of ordinary people, and cannot be discovered or understood by ordinary reasoning. ...the transcendental nature of God. ADJ: usu ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Supereminent, transcendent, pre-eminent, surpassing, supreme, consummate. 2. (Colloq.) Obscure, dark, vague, indefinite, speculative, mystic, mystical, fantastic, filmy, thin, abstruse, indistinct, rarefied, attenuated, unreal, intangible, impalpable, recondite. 3. (Math.) Non-algebraic, extra-algebraic, involving other than the four fundamental operations. 4. (Met.) a. A priori, pure, organic, primordial, original, aboriginal, formal, formative, constitutive, relating to form as distinguished from matter, non-empirical. b. Synthetical, combinative, unitive, unifying, unificatory, colligative, constructive of system in experience, warranting inference from the past to the future. c. Non-transcendent, immanent, limited to experience, applicable to phenomena alone, inapplicable to the absolute, to noumena, to the supersensible, or to things in themselves.

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