Definition of agnostic in English:


Line breaks: ag|nos¦tic
Pronunciation: /agˈnɒstɪk



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  • 1Relating to agnostics or agnosticism.
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    • So that wrestling is characteristic of my religious or agnostic poetry, but not necessarily everything else I do.
    • It has brought greater understanding and even some agreement among people of diverse backgrounds and concerns, ranging from agnostic seekers to people of traditional faith.
    • I'm writing, in a sense, from a kind of agnostic outsider's academic perspective rather than from an inside perspective.
    sceptical, doubting, questioning, unsure, cynical, unbelieving, disbelieving, non-believing, faithless, irreligious; rationalist
    rare nullifidian
  • 1.1(In a non-religious context) having a doubtful or non-committal attitude towards something: until now I’ve been fairly agnostic about electoral reform
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    • He is said to be largely agnostic about football.
    • Alone, free from the fearful burden of the faithful, I felt myself slip back into my natural agnostic relationship with the world.
    • Like de Valera, I am largely agnostic on the issue.
  • 1.2 [usually in combination] Computing Denoting or relating to hardware or software that is compatible with many types of platform or operating system: many common file formats (JPEG, MP3, etc.) are platform-agnostic our industry is moving towards a device-agnostic model
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    • There are now simply so many threats to the safety of Net-users that we do need an agnostic, coordinated resource that is constantly "in the face" of the public at large.
    • We are agnostic with regard to hardware platforms and software components.
    • We wanted to look at a more agnostic tool because we're not likely to use EMC hardware everywhere.



Pronunciation: /-sɪz(ə)m/
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  • She has explored various religions and ways of thought throughout her life, from Christianity to agnosticism and Taoism to animism and shamanism to Gnosticism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • This would imply not only teaching the main religions, but also placing more emphasis on other thought systems that are not religious - like atheism and agnosticism.
  • The chapter ends with relatively short accounts of Christianity and Islam, and a concluding section on agnosticism, atheism and secularism.


mid 19th century: from a-1 'not' + gnostic.

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