agnostic

If someone believes they cannot know whether or not God exists, label them an agnostic. A bad joke: Did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac? He stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog.

In 1869, English biologist T.H. Huxley coined this noun referring to someone whose religious beliefs lie somewhere in between those of a theist and an atheist — that is, a believer and a disbeliever in God. Huxley combined the Greek prefix a-, meaning "not," with gnostos, "known." It can be used as a noun or adjective, and it can also refer to uncertainty about questions other than the existence of God: "Some philosophers remain agnostic as to whether people have free will."

Definitions of agnostic
1

n a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)

Type of:
religious person
a person who manifests devotion to a deity

n someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something

Synonyms:
doubter
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

adj of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism

adj uncertain of all claims to knowledge

Synonyms:
agnostical
nescient, unbelieving
holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible
Antonyms:
gnostic
possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things

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