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Pyrrhonic

adj.

1590s, "pertaining to Pyrrho," skeptic philosopher of Elis (c.360-c.275 B.C.E.), who held the impossibility of attaining certainty of knowledge. Related: Pyrrhonism; Pyrrhonist.

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  • It troubles no one,—a pyrrhonic posture is the easiest of attitudes.

  • What if that old pyrrhonic notion were the true solution of the problem of the Universe?

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley

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