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anthropic principle

noun

Definition of anthropic principle

  1. :  either of two principles in cosmology: a :  conditions that are observed in the universe must allow the observer to exist —called also weak anthropic principle b :  the universe must have properties that make inevitable the existence of intelligent life —called also strong anthropic principle



1974

First Known Use of anthropic principle

1974


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