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[ep-uh-stee-mik, -stem-ik]
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  1. of or relating to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it.

Origin of epistemic

1920–25; < Greek epistēmikós, equivalent to epistḗm(ē) knowledge + -ikos -ic
Related formsep·i·ste·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. of or relating to knowledge or epistemology
  2. denoting the branch of modal logic that deals with the formalization of certain epistemological concepts, such as knowledge, certainty, and ignorance.See also doxastic
Derived Formsepistemically, adverb

Word Origin

C20: from Greek epistēmē knowledge
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Word Origin and History for epistemic


1922, from Greek episteme "knowledge" (see epistemology) + -ic.

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