Definition of phenomenological in US English:



  • 1Relating to the science of phenomena as distinct from that of the nature of being.

    ‘phenomenological parameters’
    • ‘The discussion of his second phenomenological category is easy to grasp.’
    • ‘The homeopathic community has done itself no ideological favours by splitting roughly along the scientific and phenomenological fault lines.’
    • ‘The relationship between reading, understanding, and the construction of consciousness has been extensively studied in phenomenological philosophy.’
    • ‘He understands only empirical, inductive psychology, despite the fact that it contains phenomenological truths.’
    • ‘Although this phenomenological study is appropriate for an initial inquiry into a topic, the results should be used to develop a survey of the use of horses at universities.’
    • ‘He has quietly produced a series of pieces centred on what might be described as the phenomenological properties of liquids.’
    • ‘As she explained, cultural constructions of dirtiness and pollution involve a range of phenomenological associations.’
    • ‘They added the 'natural' phenomenological dimension in order to include a deeper understanding.’
    • ‘Belief in the phenomenological paradigm is a fundamental appreciation of naturalistic inquiry, qualitative methods, inductive analysis, and holistic thinking.’
    • ‘There is insistence on scientific models of the body derived from biomedical discourse and the concomitant occlusion of phenomenological concepts of embodiment.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to an approach that concentrates on the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience.
      ‘the phenomenological approach's reliance solely on personal experience’
      • ‘His phenomenological insight is instructive in a reading of this text.’
      • ‘Visitors were greeted by the soft squelch of sand underfoot to reinforce (in an appropriately phenomenological way) the exhibition's concern with Africa.’
      • ‘Identity represents all that is potential to the self in phenomenological awareness.’
      • ‘The audience's interaction with the work is more than phenomenological—one actually opens the doors, even if they lead to nowhere.’
      • ‘At the heart of his phenomenological quest is the need to make meaning out of a complex system of signs and symbols in his new home.’
      • ‘She is using phenomenology to analyze the phenomenological method itself.’
      • ‘Daniels has not studied phenomenological methodology.’
      • ‘Learn from the students you work with and the community you work in, explicating the phenomenological and existential approach to understanding and social justice.’
      • ‘In his phenomenological investigation of poetic imagery, he makes a distinction between 'formal imagination' and 'material imagination'.’
      • ‘The blues encourage him, as does the benevolence of his phenomenological reflection, to leave the underground and have a dialogue with someone about his experiences.’