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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Examples from the Web for pyrrhonic

  • 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