Coined by Thomas Henry Huxley in 1870. Either from Ancient Greek ἄγνωστος (ágnōstos, “ignorant, not knowing”). Or from a- + Gnostic, deriving (either way) from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, “not”) + γιγνώσκω (gignṓskō, “I know”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /aɡˈnɒstɪk/
- (US) IPA(key): /æɡˈnɑstɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ɒstɪk
- Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.
- His agnostic viewpoint is summarized in his book.
- 1889, Thomas Henry Huxley, Agnosticism:
- In matters of the intellect do not pretend that conclusions are certain which are not demonstrated or demonstrable. That I take to be the agnostic faith, which if a man keep whole and undefiled, he shall not be ashamed to look the universe in the face, whatever the future may have in store for him.
- Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity.
- She left the church when she had become agnostic.
- (informal, usually with a prepositional phrase) Having no firmly held opinions on something.
- I'm agnostic on whether ethanol is a green fuel.
- He says he's agnostic concerning the Secretary's claims.
- (computing, of a software component etc.) Unaware or noncommittal regarding the specific nature of the components or input with which it interacts.
- The socket communications layer is agnostic with regard to its underlying transport mechanism—it is “transport-agnostic”.
- The software's registration key is platform agnostic and will work on both x86 and ARM processors.
- view agnostic (computing)
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agnostic (plural agnostics)
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- (religionists) religionist; agnostic, Asatruar, atheist, Baháʼí, Buddhist, Christian, deist, Druid, Druze, Eckist, heathen, Hindu, Jain, Jedi, Jew, Mormon, Mormonist, Muslim, Odinist, pagan, Pastafarian, Raëlian, Rastafarian, Rodnover, Samaritan, Shintoist, Sikh, Taoist, Unitarian Universalist, Wiccan, Yahwist, Yazidi, Zoroastrian (Category: en:Religion) 
See also edit
- sceptic (Mainly UK & Commonwealth), skeptic (Mainly US)
- Appendix:Glossary of philosophical isms
agnostic m (plural agnostici)