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 for Transcendental
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Transcendental \Tran`scen*den"tal\, a. [Cf. F. transcendantal,
     G. transcendental.]
     1. Supereminent; surpassing others; as, transcendental being
        or qualities.
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     2. (Philos.) In the Kantian system, of or pertaining to that
        which can be determined a priori in regard to the
        fundamental principles of all human knowledge. What is
        transcendental, therefore, transcends empiricism; but is
        does not transcend all human knowledge, or become
        transcendent. It simply signifies the a priori or
        necessary conditions of experience which, though affording
        the conditions of experience, transcend the sphere of that
        contingent knowledge which is acquired by experience.
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     3. Vaguely and ambitiously extravagant in speculation,
        imagery, or diction.
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     Note: In mathematics, a quantity is said to be transcendental
           relative to another quantity when it is expressed as a
           transcendental function of the latter; thus, a^{x,
           10^{2x, log x, sin x, tan x, etc., are transcendental
           relative to x.
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     Transcendental curve (Math.), a curve in which one ordinate
        is a transcendental function of the other.
     Transcendental equation (Math.), an equation into which a
        transcendental function of one of the unknown or variable
        quantities enters.
     Transcendental function. (Math.) See under Function.
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     Syn: Transcendental, Empirical.
     Usage: These terms, with the corresponding nouns,
            transcendentalism and empiricism, are of comparatively
            recent origin. Empirical refers to knowledge which is
            gained by the experience of actual phenomena, without
            reference to the principles or laws to which they are
            to be referred, or by which they are to be explained.
            Transcendental has reference to those beliefs or
            principles which are not derived from experience, and
            yet are absolutely necessary to make experience
            possible or useful. Such, in the better sense of the
            term, is the transcendental philosophy, or
            transcendentalism. Each of these words is also used in
            a bad sense, empiricism applying to that one-sided
            view of knowledge which neglects or loses sight of the
            truths or principles referred to above, and trusts to
            experience alone; transcendentalism, to the opposite
            extreme, which, in its deprecation of experience,
            loses sight of the relations which facts and phenomena
            sustain to principles, and hence to a kind of
            philosophy, or a use of language, which is vague,
            obscure, fantastic, or extravagant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Transcendental \Tran`scen*den"tal\, n.
     A transcendentalist. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: existing outside of or not in accordance with nature;
             "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous
             Huxley [syn: nonnatural, otherworldly,
             preternatural, transcendental]
      2: of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing
         the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "transcendental":
     Elysian, Olympian, a cut above, above, abstract, abstruse, ahead,
     airy, algorismic, algorithmic, alien, aliquot, arcane, ascendant,
     autistic, beatific, beatified, better, blessed, capping, cardinal,
     celestial, chosen, decimal, deep, dereistic, differential, digital,
     distinguished, eclipsing, eerie, eminent, esoteric, ethereal, even,
     exceeding, excellent, excelling, exponential, exterrestrial,
     extramundane, extrasolar, extraterrene, extraterrestrial, fey,
     figural, figurate, figurative, finer, finite, fractional,
     from on high, glorified, greater, heavenly, hidden, higher,
     hypernormal, hyperphysical, hypothetical, ideal, idealistic,
     imaginary, impair, impossible, impractical, in ascendancy,
     in glory, in the ascendant, in the clouds, infinite, integral,
     irrational, logarithmic, logometric, major, marked, mysterious,
     negative, numeral, numerary, numerative, numeric, numinous, occult,
     odd, of choice, one up on, ordinal, otherworldly, outstanding,
     over, pair, paradisaic, paradisal, paradisiac, paradisic, poetic,
     positive, possible, preterhuman, preternatural, preternormal,
     pretersensual, prime, profound, psychic, quixotic, radical, rare,
     rational, real, reciprocal, recondite, rivaling, romancing,
     romantic, romanticized, secret, space, spiritual, starry-eyed,
     storybook, submultiple, super, superhuman, superior, supernal,
     supernatural, supernormal, superphysical, supersensible,
     supersensual, supramundane, supranatural, surd, surpassing,
     theoretical, topping, transcendent, transcending, transmundane,
     ultimate, unearthly, unhuman, unpractical, unrealistic, unworldly,
     upper, visionary, wish-fulfilling

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