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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acatalepsy was in 1640

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“Acatalepsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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