acatalepsy

noun
acat·​a·​lep·​sy | \ (ˈ)āˈkatᵊlˌepsē \
plural -es

Definition of acatalepsy

1 : an ancient Skeptic doctrine that human knowledge amounts only to probability and never to certainty
2 : real or apparent impossibility of arriving at certain knowledge or full comprehension

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First Known Use of acatalepsy

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acatalepsy

Greek akatalēpsia, from a- a- entry 2 + katalēpsis comprehension, seizing + -ia

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“Acatalepsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acatalepsy. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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