AskDefine | Define transcendent

Dictionary Definition

transcendent adj
1 beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding; "philosophers...often explicitly reject the notion of any transcendent reality beyond thought...and claim to be concerned only with thought itself..."- W.P.Alston; "the unknowable mysteries of lifer" [syn: unknowable]
2 exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence [syn: surpassing]

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  • /tɹænˈsɛndɛnt/


  1. surpassing usual limits
  2. being beyond the range of normal perception
  3. free from the constraints of the material world, as in the case of a deity

Extensive Definition

Transcendence may refer to:

See also

transcendent in Catalan: Transcendència
transcendent in German: Transzendenz
transcendent in French: Transcendance
transcendent in Latvian: Transcendents
transcendent in Dutch: Transcendent
transcendent in Norwegian Nynorsk: Transcendens
transcendent in Portuguese: Transcendência
transcendent in Russian: Трансценденция
transcendent in Slovenian: Transcendenca
transcendent in Swedish: Transcendens

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