Definition of agnostic in English:

agnostic

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Pronunciation: /aɡˈnɒstɪk
 
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noun

A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God.
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  • Although not all Skeptics are agnostics, as an agnostic himself Dr Groves sees no evidence for accepting or rejecting the idea of any belief.
  • Sagan himself routinely described himself as an agnostic, and believed that the question of God's existence is inherently outside science.
  • As it is, my thinking has been influenced by Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Neo-pagans, Baha'i, agnostics and atheists.
Synonyms

adjective

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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.
Synonyms
sceptical, doubting, questioning, unsure, cynical, unbelieving, disbelieving, non-believing, faithless, irreligious;
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

agnosticism

Pronunciation: /-sɪz(ə)m/
noun
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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.

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