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ægˈnɒs tɪkag·nos·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agnostic, doubternoun

    someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something

  2. agnosticadjective

    a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)

  3. agnosticadjective

    of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism

  4. agnostic, agnosticaladjective

    uncertain of all claims to knowledge


  1. agnosticnoun

    A person who holds to a form of agnosticism, especially uncertainty of the existence of a deity.

  2. agnosticadjective

    Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.

  3. agnosticadjective

    Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity.

    She left the church when she became agnostic.

  4. agnosticadjective

    A software component (or other entity) that is unaware or noncommittal regarding the specific nature of the components with which it interacts; polymorphic; modular; pluggable

    The socket communications layer is agnostic with regard to its underlying transport mechanism -- it is transport-agnostic.

  5. agnosticadjective

    Having no firmly held opinions on an issue or matter of uncertainty.

  6. Etymology: First attested in 1870; coined by Thomas Huxley. Either from ἄγνωστος or from a- + Gnostic. Deriving (either way) from ἀ- + γιγνώσκω.


  1. agnostic

    Agnosticism is the view or belief that the existence of God, of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable. Another definition provided is the view that "human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that God exists or the belief that God does not exist."The English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley coined the word agnostic in 1869, and said "It simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that which he has no scientific grounds for professing to know or believe." Earlier thinkers, however, had written works that promoted agnostic points of view, such as Sanjaya Belatthaputta, a 5th-century BCE Indian philosopher who expressed agnosticism about any afterlife; and Protagoras, a 5th-century BCE Greek philosopher who expressed agnosticism about the existence of "the gods".


  1. agnostic

    Agnostic is a term that refers to a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena. The individual is skeptical about religious and metaphysical claims, asserting neither faith nor disbelief, essentially claiming that the existence of a higher power is unknowable. Agnostic can also refer to a person who is doubtful or noncommittal about something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agnosticadjective

    professing ignorance; involving no dogmatic; pertaining to or involving agnosticism

  2. Agnosticnoun

    one who professes ignorance, or denies that we have any knowledge, save of phenomena; one who supports agnosticism, neither affirming nor denying the existence of a personal Deity, a future life, etc

  3. Etymology: [Gr. 'a priv. + knowing, to know.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agnostic

    ag-nos′tik, n. one who holds that we know nothing of things beyond material phenomena—that a First Cause and an unseen world are things unknown and apparently unknowable.—n. Agnos′ticism. [Coined by Prof. Huxley in 1869 from the word in Acts, xvii. 23; a, privative, and Gr. gnōstikos, good at knowing. See Gnostic.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Agnostic

    From the Greek a, without, and gnomi, to know. One who professes a belief only in what he knows or can discover for himself. Literally a “know-nothing.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of agnostic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of agnostic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of agnostic in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Joe Jimenez:

    He's very ... agnostic as to where a technology rests, whether it's in academia or in another company or in our company, so you could see a much more open view of where we're going to source new technologies.

  2. Joe Jimenez:

    We've done more than most but certainly not enough. You're going to see a continued focus from this company that will be quite technology agnostic, It may be niche today but in the future I think it is going to be front and center as to how diseases are managed.

  3. Ramon Llamas:

    In order for BES12 to succeed it has to be viewed by all as platform agnostic, and what better way to demonstrate that other than by doing it yourself.

  4. James Butterfill:

    We're agnostic as to whether the rate rise will be September or November... the balance of probabilities suggests it might be September, so the markets are getting concerned about whether it will be correctly timed... (However) tightening monetary policy causes a bit of a wobble in equities, but it usually recovers.

  5. Larry Wilmore:

    I don't always feel like I have to have a strong opinion about something, sometimes I'm agnostic about an issue and my whole thing is to try and get more information. That's part of my comic persona, too. I call myself a passionate centrist, which means half the time I disagree with myself.

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