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1Relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm.‘the transcendental importance of each person's soul’
supernatural, preternatural, transcendent, other-worldly, superhuman, mystical, mystic, spiritual, divine, heavenly, exalted, sublime, ethereal, numinous, transmundane, ineffableView synonyms
- ‘Hindus readily accept as reality transcendental realms of Gods and devas and higher modes of consciousness than that in which we commonly live.’
- ‘The spiritual in man may soar in the highest transcendental realms, but man's body is essentially that of an animal.’
- ‘More broadly it is a ‘successful’ moment of categorical objectification of the original transcendental self-communication of the divine everywhere.’
- ‘Today's terrorists increasingly look at their acts of death and destruction as sacramental or transcendental on a spiritual or eschatological level.’
- ‘What's cool about this idea is that it implies a transcendental, eternal spiritual life.’
- ‘Through visual art, he tried to express a transcendental mysticism that he felt he could not fully communicate through music.’
- ‘Religious miracles like paranormal claims postulate a nonnatural transcendental realm that allegedly cannot be evaluated by evidence or reason.’
- ‘Isaac's prayer is symbolic of the transcendental spiritual beauty of Judaism.’
- ‘Among those born since 1955 there has been a considerable increase in belief in a transcendental order - a personally concerned God, life after death, miracles, heaven.’
- ‘These transcendental depictions of spiritual evocation ring true.’
- ‘Some people regard the religious as more spiritual and transcendental persons.’
- ‘God for them was the transcendental other that they found in the Bible.’
- ‘It does not constitute either a sect or a school of thought, but is rather a spiritual or transcendental practice, which persists despite criticism from orthodox theologians.’
- ‘I ended up with something like transcendental animistic chaos with stress on the importance if imminent divinity when I was done with it, which has worked well for me so far.’
- ‘It is true that people out of poverty long for something higher, transcendental and spiritual.’
- ‘Or that communion with God is but a transcendental, emotional state of self-negation and acceptance?’
- 1.1 Relating to or denoting Transcendentalism.
- ‘Kant's assertion that transcendental idealism entails empirical realism is difficult to interpret.’
- ‘The basis of the aesthetic-ethical movement was Kant's transcendental idealism.’
- ‘How should we assess Husserl's transcendental phenomenology?’
- ‘There are theists in all of these categories (don't know about transcendental idealism or logical positivists), so they all allow for divine intervention of a kind.’
- ‘On the other hand, transcendental empiricism has epistemological implications insofar as knowledge too must be formed in a process of individuation.’
2(in Kantian philosophy) presupposed in and necessary to experience; a priori.
- ‘Kant conveyed this point in the idea that consciousness entails a transcendental a priori not capturable by experience or observation.’
- ‘Echoes of the subsequent post-Hegelian criticisms of Kantian transcendental philosophy are found in the early work of Horkheimer and Marcuse.’
- ‘Husserl sees his own transcendental phenomenology as the true heir to Kant's transcendental philosophy.’
- ‘Kant's solution of the problem of God, which regards the concept of God simply as a transcendental postulate of practical reason or a regulative idea, is unacceptable.’
- ‘Eze evidently thinks it very important to emphasize that Kant appealed to his transcendental philosophy and his theory of the a priori to formulate his racial theory.’
(of a number, e.g., e or π) real but not a root of an algebraic equation with rational roots.
- ‘In 1851 he published results on transcendental numbers removing the dependence on continued fractions.’
- ‘The very names negative numbers, irrational numbers, transcendental numbers, imaginary numbers, and ideal points at infinity indicate ambivalence.’
- ‘Mathematicians had regarded algebraic numbers as, in some sense, simpler than transcendental numbers.’
- ‘Of the irrational, transcendental numbers, pi seems to get all the attention.’
- ‘Liouville had introduced such numbers as examples of transcendental numbers - real numbers that are not roots of polynomial equations with integer coefficients.’
- ‘Or should they legitimately be applied only to continuous curves susceptible of being expressed by algebraic or transcendental equations?’
- 3.1 (of a function) not capable of being produced by the algebraical operations of addition, multiplication, and involution, or the inverse operations.
- ‘Only the arc lengths of transcendental curves such as the cycloid and the logarithmic spiral had been calculated before this.’
- ‘If fifth-degree polynomials are so hard, what can one do with transcendental functions of a complex variable?’
- ‘I have just finished an extensive treatise on a certain class of transcendental functions to present it to the Institute which will be done next Monday.’
- ‘It was decided to concentrate on a three-volume work on the Higher transcendental functions, to be followed by two volumes of tables of integrals.’
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin transcendentalis (see transcendent).
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