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ontic Syllabification: on·tic
Pronunciation: /ˈän(t)ik/

Definition of ontic in English:


Of or relating to entities and the facts about them; relating to real as opposed to phenomenal existence.
Example sentences
  • Kant is not saying that objects must conform to empirical knowledge, that entities must conform to ontic knowledge, but that objects must conform to synthetic a priori knowledge, entities to ontological knowledge.
  • Spacetime coincidences play this privileged ontic role because they are invariant and, thus, univocally determined.
  • Generally, the line taken is that although there are certain limitations to scientific knowledge, these are noetic rather than ontic.


1940s: from Greek ōn, ont- 'being' + -ic.

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