What does agnostic mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agnostic, doubter(noun)

    someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something

  2. agnostic(adj)

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

  3. agnostic(adj)

    of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism

  4. agnostic, agnostical(adj)

    uncertain of all claims to knowledge


  1. agnostic(Noun)

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

  2. agnostic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.

  3. agnostic(Adjective)

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

    She left the church when she became agnostic.

  4. agnostic(Adjective)

    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 u201Ctransport-agnosticu201D.

  5. agnostic(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agnostic(adj)

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

  2. Agnostic(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.]

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Clarence Darrow:

    I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.

  2. 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.

  3. Clarence Darrow, Scopes Trial, 1925:

    I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all agnosticism means.

  4. Clarence Darrow:

    I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure--that is all that agnosticism means.

  5. 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.

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