agnostic




If someone believes they cannot know whether or not God exists, that person is an agnostic. Your grandmother might be a devout believer, while your mom is agnostic.

In 1869, English biologist T.H. Huxley coined this noun referring to someone whose religious beliefs lie somewhere in between those of a theist and an atheist — that is, a believer and a disbeliever. Huxley combined the Greek prefix a-, meaning “not,” with gnostos, “known.” This word can be used as a noun or adjective, and it can also refer to uncertainty about questions other than the existence of God: “Some philosophers remain agnostic as to whether people have free will.”

Definitions of agnostic
  1. noun

    a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)

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    type of:

    religious person

    a person who manifests devotion to a deity

  2. noun

    someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something

    synonyms:
    doubter

  3. adjective

    of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism

  4. adjective

    uncertain of all claims to knowledge

    synonyms:
    agnostical

    nescient, unbelieving

    holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible
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    Antonyms:

    gnostic

    possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things

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