[ep-uh-stee-mik, -stem-ik]


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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Examples from the Web for epistemic

Contemporary Examples of epistemic

  • Instead, Chris indulged in the MSNBC variant of epistemic closure.

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    My Pushback to Chris Hayes

    David Frum

    September 27, 2013

  • Until then, enjoy this quote that is slightly relevant to an epistemic bubble this blog discusses on occasion.

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    What's in a Prediction?

    Justin Green

    November 22, 2012

  • We no longer joke about "epistemic closure," but that does not mean the phenomenon has ceased to govern the conservative mind.

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    Tantrum on the Court

    David Frum

    July 2, 2012

British Dictionary definitions for epistemic



of or relating to knowledge or epistemology
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 for epistemic

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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