agnosticism

agnosticism

[ag-nos-tuh-siz-uhm]
noun
1.
the doctrine or belief of an agnostic.
2.
an intellectual doctrine or attitude affirming the uncertainty of all claims to ultimate knowledge.

Origin:
1870–75; agnostic + -ism

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agnostic (æɡˈnɒstɪk)
 
n
1.  atheist Compare theist a person who holds that knowledge of a Supreme Being, ultimate cause, etc, is impossible
2.  a person who claims, with respect to any particular question, that the answer cannot be known with certainty
 
adj
3.  of or relating to agnostics
 
[C19: coined 1869 by T. H. Huxley from a-1 + gnostic]
 
ag'nosticism
 
n

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agnosticism [(ag-nos-tuh-siz-uhm)]

A denial of knowledge about whether there is or is not a God. An agnostic insists that it is impossible to prove that there is no God and impossible to prove that there is one. (Compare atheism.)

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