agnosticism

[ ag-nos-tuh-siz-uhm ]
/ ægˈnɒs təˌsɪz əm /

noun

the doctrine or belief of an agnostic.
an intellectual doctrine or attitude affirming the uncertainty of all claims to ultimate knowledge.

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Origin of agnosticism

First recorded in 1870–75; agnostic + -ism

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Cultural definitions for agnosticism

agnosticism
[ (ag-nos-tuh-siz-uhm) ]

A denial of knowledge about whether there is or is not a God. An agnostic insists that it is impossible to prove that there is no God and impossible to prove that there is one. (Compare atheism.)

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