The definition of transcendental is supernatural or beyond the human experience.
An example of something transcendental is the ability to communicate with the dead.
- transcendent (sense )
- of or having to do with transcendentalism
- in Kantian philosophy, based on those elements of experience which derive not from sense data but from the inherent organizing functions of the mind, and which are the necessary conditions of human knowledge; transcending sense experience but not knowledge
- not capable of being a root of any algebraic equation with rational coefficients
- of, pertaining to, or being a function, as a logarithm, trigonometric function, exponential, etc., that is not expressible algebraically in terms of the variables and constants
Origin of transcendentalMedieval Latin transcendentalis
- Philosophy a. Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge as independent of experience.b. Asserting a fundamental irrationality or supernatural element in experience.
- Surpassing all others; superior.
- Beyond common thought or experience; mystical or supernatural.
- Mathematics Of or relating to a real or complex number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.
- (obsolete) A transcendentalist.
(comparative more transcendental, superlative most transcendental)
- (philosophy) Concerned with the a priori or intuitive basis of knowledge, independent of experience.
- Superior, surpassing all others.
- Mystical or supernatural.
- (mathematics, number theory) Of, or relating to a number that is not the root of any polynomial that has positive degree and rational coefficients.