from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Beyond or above perception by the senses.

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  • adj. Beyond the range of what is perceptible by the senses; not belonging to the experienceable physical world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Beyond the reach of the senses; above the natural powers of perception.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beyond the reach of the senses; above the natural powers of external perception; supersensual: applied either to that which is physical but of such a nature as not to be perceptible by any normal sense, or to that which is spiritual and so not an object of any possible sense.


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From Latin super, over or beyond + sentire, to feel.


  • Like other "supersensible" categories, capital haunts the empirically observable process of commodity circulation - a social spectre with no body of its own. 1 Marx describes a plausible empiricist reaction from the perspective of commodity circulation to capital's apparently mysterious, occult qualities:

  • It is for this reason that Marx describes it as a "supersensible" property - something whose existence can be intuited by reason, but which is not immediately accessible to synchronic sense-perception alone.

  • This is the realm of the "supersensible" categories of value and abstract labour.

  • Such patterns are "supersensible" because they cannot be perceived through direct empirical observation of any particular synchronic moment: they are perpetually out of joint with any given moment of time.

  • "supersensible" patterns that are generated beneath the flux of appearance.

  • We have seen his answer to the first question: I can know this world as revealed through the senses, but not the total sum of all that is (since the senses never reveal that) nor a world beyond this one (a supersensible world).

    Kant's Account of Reason

  • Their conviction that human reason could acquire knowledge of supersensible entities, including the soul and God, necessitated, in Kant's view, a “critique.”

    Kant and Leibniz

  • The soul is not a supersensible object of whose faculties and powers we can acquire knowledge but an idea that makes our practice of ascribing experiences to ourselves intelligible.

    Kant and Leibniz

  • Although there is an incalculable gulf fixed between the domain of the concept of nature, as the sensible, and the domain of the concept of freedom, as the supersensible, so that from the former to the latter

    18th Century German Aesthetics

  • Genius is the naturalist or geographer of the supersensible regions, and draws their map; and, by acquainting us with new fields of activity, cools our affection for the old.

    Representative Men


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