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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


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= 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'

I believed in God until I was fifteen when I decided it would be smart to be an agnostic.
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I hate these long intervals when I'm a dithering agnostic or a rampant atheist.
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declared Lord Flaxton, the agnostic who always voted with the Liberals in the House of Lords.
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