adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin transcendent-, transcendens, present participle of transcendere Date: 15th century 1. a. exceeding usual limits ; surpassing b. extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience c. in Kantian philosophy being beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge 2. being beyond comprehension 3. transcending the universe or material existence — compare immanent 2 4. universally applicable or significant <
the antislavery movement…recognized the transcendent importance of liberty — L. H. Tribe
transcendently adverb

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