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[ep-uh-stee-mik, -stem-ik] /ˌɛp əˈsti mɪk, -ˈstɛm ɪk/
of or relating to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it.
Origin of epistemic
1920-25; < Greek epistēmikós, equivalent to epistḗm(ē) knowledge + -ikos -ic
Related forms
epistemically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for epistemic
  • If you're reading the piece in order to evaluate the epistemic practices of the authors, you're misreading it.
  • Much evidence, however, shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor decisions.
  • Sadly, means-ends rationality and epistemic rationality are often at odds.
  • And it's easy to imagine, furthermore, that shift bringing a new life to books both as consumer goods and as epistemic objects.
  • It is an epistemic position rather than a clear statement of belief.
  • The epistemic objectivity of method does not preclude ontological subjectivity of subject matter.
  • However, much evidence shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor decisions.
  • There is no epistemic or propositional knowledge that is known to the knower but for which there is no second party confirmation.
  • The second type of uncertainty is epistemic uncertainty.
  • epistemic thought is a process that focuses on the origin of human knowledge.
British Dictionary definitions for epistemic


of or relating to knowledge or epistemology
denoting the branch of modal logic that deals with the formalization of certain epistemological concepts, such as knowledge, certainty, and ignorance. See also doxastic
Derived Forms
epistemically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from Greek epistēmē knowledge
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Word Origin and History for epistemic

1922, from Greek episteme "knowledge" (see epistemology) + -ic.

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