adjective Date: 1825 relating to or being a phenomenon: as a. known through the senses rather than through thought or intuition b. concerned with phenomena rather than with hypotheses c. extraordinary, remarkable Synonyms: see materialphenomenally adverb

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  • phénoménal — phénoménal, ale, aux [ fenɔmenal, o ] adj. • 1803; de phénomène 1 ♦ Didact. De la nature du phénomène, du fait sensible. (Chez Kant) Monde phénoménal et monde nouménal. 2 ♦ (1827) Qui sort de l ordinaire. ⇒ étonnant, extraordinaire, monstrueux,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • phenomenal — The modern generalized meaning ‘extraordinary, remarkable’ • (Interest in the race has been phenomenal York Press, 2002 [OEC]) is now the dominant one, although it retains little of the notion of its meaning in technical (especially… …   Modern English usage

  • Phenomenal — Phe*nom e*nal, a. [Cf. F. ph[ e]nom[ e]nal.] Relating to, or of the nature of, a phenomenon; hence, extraordinary; wonderful; as, a phenomenal memory. {Phe*nom e*nal*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phénoménal — phénoménal, ale (fé no mé nal, na l ) adj. Néologisme. Qui tient du phénomène.    Familièrement et par plaisanterie, surprenant, étonnant. Voilà qui est phénoménal …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • phenomenal — index extraordinary, infrequent, noteworthy, portentous (eliciting amazement), prodigious (amazing), unusual Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • phenomenal — (adj.) 1825, of the nature of a phenomenon, from PHENOMENON (Cf. phenomenon) + AL (Cf. al) (1). A hybrid coined 1825 by Coleridge. Meaning remarkable, exceptional is from 1850. Related: Phenomenally …   Etymology dictionary

  • phenomenal — *material, physical, corporeal, sensible, objective Analogous words: actual, *real Antonyms: noumenal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • phenomenal — [adj] astounding, exceptional extraordinary, fantastic, marvelous, miraculous, outstanding, preternatural, prodigious, rare, remarkable, sensational, singular, substantial, uncommon, unique, unparalleled, unusual, unwonted, wondrous; concepts 564 …   New thesaurus

  • phenomenal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extraordinary. 2) perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience. DERIVATIVES phenomenally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • phenomenal — [fə näm′ə nəl] adj. 1. of or constituting a phenomenon or phenomena 2. extremely unusual; extraordinary; highly remarkable 3. Philos. apparent to or perceptible by the senses phenomenally adv …   English World dictionary

  • phenomenal — phe|nom|e|nal [fıˈnɔmınəl US ˈna: ] adj very great or impressive ▪ the phenomenal success of computer games in recent years phenomenal growth/rise/increase ▪ California had experienced a phenomenal growth in population. ▪ He has learned a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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