Definition of phenomenological in US English:

phenomenological

adjective

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

    ‘phenomenological parameters’
    • ‘They added the 'natural' phenomenological dimension in order to include a deeper understanding.’
    • ‘The discussion of his second phenomenological category is easy to grasp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she explained, cultural constructions of dirtiness and pollution involve a range of phenomenological associations.’
    • ‘Belief in the phenomenological paradigm is a fundamental appreciation of naturalistic inquiry, qualitative methods, inductive analysis, and holistic thinking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is insistence on scientific models of the body derived from biomedical discourse and the concomitant occlusion of phenomenological concepts of embodiment.’
    • ‘He has quietly produced a series of pieces centred on what might be described as the phenomenological properties of liquids.’
    • ‘He understands only empirical, inductive psychology, despite the fact that it contains phenomenological truths.’
    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’
      • ‘Identity represents all that is potential to the self in phenomenological awareness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His phenomenological insight is instructive in a reading of this text.’
      • ‘The audience's interaction with the work is more than phenomenological—one actually opens the doors, even if they lead to nowhere.’
      • ‘She is using phenomenology to analyze the phenomenological method itself.’
      • ‘Visitors were greeted by the soft squelch of sand underfoot to reinforce (in an appropriately phenomenological way) the exhibition's concern with Africa.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Daniels has not studied phenomenological methodology.’

Pronunciation

phenomenological

/fəˌnɑmənəˈlɑdʒək(ə)l//fəˌnämənəˈläjək(ə)l/