- The definition of agnostic is believing that ultimate truth, particularly in terms of the existence of God, is unknowable.
Charles Darwin is an example of an agnostic person.
- Agnostic means a person who views the existence of ultimate truth as unknowable, particularly when it comes to the existence of God.
Charles Darwin is an example of a famous agnostic.
Origin of agnosticcoined (1870) by Thomas Henry Huxley ; from a- + gnostic
- of or characteristic of an agnostic or agnosticism
- not committed to a particular view, concept, method, etc.; neutral: agnostic on nuclear energy
- a. One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.b. One who is skeptical about the existence of God but does not profess true atheism.
- One who is doubtful or noncommittal about something.
- Relating to or being an agnostic.
- Doubtful or noncommittal: “Though I am agnostic on what terms to use, I have no doubt that human infants come with an enormous ‘acquisitiveness’ for discovering patterns” (William H. Calvin).
- Computers Operable or functioning using any operating system or other digital technology. Often used in combination: software that is platform agnostic.
Origin of agnostica–1 + Gnostic.
(comparative more agnostic, superlative most agnostic)
- Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.
- His agnostic viewpoint is summarized in his book.
- Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity.
- She left the church when she became agnostic.
- (computing) A software component (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”.
- (usually with a prepositional phrase) Having no firmly held opinions on an issue or matter of uncertainty.
- I'm agnostic on whether ethanol is a green fuel
- He says he's agnostic concerning the Secretary's claims.
First attested in 1870; coined by Thomas Huxley. Either from Ancient Greek ἄγνωστος (agnōstos, “ignorant, not knowing”) or from a- + Gnostic. Deriving (either way) from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, “not”) + γιγνώσκω (gignōskō, “I know”).