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agnostic (æɡˈnɒstɪk Pronunciation for agnostic



  1. a person who holds that knowledge of a Supreme Being, ultimate cause, etc, is impossible Compare atheist, theist
  2. a person who claims, with respect to any particular question, that the answer cannot be known with certainty


  1. of or relating to agnostics

Derived Forms

agˈnosticism noun

Word Origin

C19: coined 1869 by T. H. Huxley from a-1 + gnostic


View thesaurus entry
= sceptic, cynic, scoffer, doubter, disbeliever, unbeliever, doubting Thomas, Pyrrhonist



combining form in adjective

  1. (computing) not restricted to using one type of hardware or software

Example Sentences Including 'agnostic'

Brett Shields Sydney, NSW THE perceptive Adams should have realised that the non-overtly religious are not necessarily agnostic.
The Australian (2004)
I believed in God until I was fifteen when I decided it would be smart to be an agnostic.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes
I happen to be an agnostic and my definition is that an agnostic is a cowardly atheist.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
I hate these long intervals when I'm a dithering agnostic or a rampant atheist.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
She stands for the agnostic 's sense of natural human justice, of knowing the difference between `right" and `wrong".
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
We like to say that EVA is an agnostic in the area of strategy.
Business Today (2000)
While he was keen to work, he described himself as an agnostic with little interest in religion.
Davey, Ray Rev. & Cole, John A Channel of Peace
Why not recover with Margaret RoadKnight, above, and her contemporary carols for the agnostic , atheist and humanist-orientated masses.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
declared Lord Flaxton, the agnostic who always voted with the Liberals in the House of Lords.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths


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