Phenomenal



[fi-nom-uh-nl] /fɪˈnɒm ə nl/

adjective
1.
highly extraordinary or prodigious; exceptional:
phenomenal speed.
2.
of or relating to .
3.
of the nature of a ; cognizable by the senses.
/fɪˈnɒmɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a phenomenon
2.
extraordinary; outstanding; remarkable: a phenomenal achievement
3.
(philosophy) known or perceived by the senses rather than the mind
adj.

1803, “of the nature of a phenomenon,” a hybrid from phenomenon + -al (1). Meaning “remarkable, exceptional” is from 1850.

[Phenomenal] is a metaphysical term with a use of its own. To divert it from this proper use to a job for which it is not needed, by making it do duty for remarkable, extraordinary, or prodigious, is a sin against the English language. [Fowler]

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