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British Dictionary definitions for zetetic


  1. proceeding by inquiry; investigating
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Greek zētētikos, from zēteō to seek
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Historical Examples

  • As to the cosmology of the story-tellers, all we can say is, that they appear to uphold the Zetetic school.

    The Folk-Tales of the Magyars


Word Origin and History for zetetic


"proceeding by inquiry," 1640s, from Modern Latin zeteticus, from Greek zetetikos "searching, inquiring," from zetetos, verbal adjective of zetein "seek for, inquire into."

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