tran·scen·den·tal / ˌtransenˈdentl/ • adj. 1. of or relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm: the transcendental importance of each person's soul. ∎ (in Kantian philosophy) presupposed in and necessary to experience; a priori. ∎ relating to or denoting Transcendentalism. 2. Math. (of a number, e.g., e or π) real but not a root of an algebraic equation with rational roots. ∎ (of a function) not capable of being produced by the algebraical operations of addition, multiplication, and involution, or the inverse operations. DERIVATIVES: tran·scen·den·tal·ize / -ˌīz/ v. tran·scen·den·tal·ly adv.
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