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Definition of the noun agnostic

What does agnostic mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: agnostics

  1. someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
  2. a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic term: religious person = a person who manifests devotion to a deity

Alternative definition of the noun agnostic


  1. A person who holds to a form of agnosticism, especially uncertainty of the existence of a deity.

Definition of the adjective agnostic

What does agnostic mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism
  2. uncertain of all claims to knowledge

Alternative definition of the adjective agnostic


  1. Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.
  2. Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity.
  3. [context: computing] A software component (or other entity) that is unaware or noncommittal regarding the specific nature of the components with which it interacts; polymorphic; modular; pluggable
  4. [context: usually with a prepositional phrase] Having no firmly held opinions on an issue or matter of uncertainty.

Definition of the adjective agnostic for high school students

    believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven
    • example: Joey's parents are very religious, but he is agnostic.

The adjective agnostic is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Agnostic" is a composition.

Phrases with Agnostic

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Agnostic

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Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Religious and Spiritual Quotations (2005)

by Geoffrey Parrinder

Agnostic was the name demanded by Professor Huxley for those who disclaimed atheism, and believed with him in an 'unknown and unknowable' God; or in other words that the ultimate ...

Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2013)

by Adrian Room

aggressiveness see aggression agnostic/ atheist An agnostic is someone who holds that it is impossible to know...

there is no God: 'The word agnostic was invented by the 19th-century biologist T.H. Huxley,' 'By night an atheist half believes a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (2014)

by Sherwood Thompson

The negative agnostic prefers to suspend judgment. The Jamesian Objection to Agnosticism Of the many objections to agnosticism, only one can be considered here. William James's “The Will to Believe” (1897/2009) argues that individuals ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Parallel Computing (2011)

by David Padua

Agnostic Routing As stated above, direct topologies and multistage networks are often ...

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You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist. (Studs Terkel)
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Scrabble value of A1G2N1O1S1T1I1C3

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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