[ ep-uh-stee-mik, -stem-ik ]
/ ˌɛp əˈsti mɪk, -ˈstɛm ɪk /


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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/ (ˌɛpɪˈstiːmɪk) /


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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