First attested in 1870; coined by Thomas Huxley. Either from Ancient Greek ἄγνωστος (ágnōstos, “ignorant, not knowing”) or from a- + Gnostic. Deriving (either way) from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, “not”) + γιγνώσκω (gignṓskō, “I know”).
agnostic (comparative more agnostic, superlative most agnostic)
- Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.
- Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity.
- (computing) Of a software component etc.: unaware or noncommittal regarding the specific nature of the components with which it interacts; polymorphic; modular; pluggable
- (usually with a prepositional phrase) Having no firmly held opinions on an issue or matter of uncertainty.
agnostic (plural agnostics)
- A person who holds to a form of agnosticism, especially uncertainty of the existence of a deity.