I. noun Etymology: Greek agnōstos unknown, unknowable, from a- + gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know — more at know Date: 1869 1. a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god 2. a person unwilling to commit to an opinion about something <
political agnostics
agnosticism noun II. adjective Date: 1873 1. of, relating to, or being an agnostic or the beliefs of agnostics 2. noncommittal, undogmatic

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