an·​throp·​ic | \ an-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce anthropic (audio) \
variants: or anthropical \ -​pi-​kəl How to pronounce anthropical (audio) \

Definition of anthropic

: of or relating to human beings or the period of their existence on earth

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The question is the anthropic effect on global warming, and that, obviously, is still a matter of discussion. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Brazil’s Sacked Space Director Speaks Out on Attacks on Science," 7 Aug. 2019 Questions abound about how the various proposals intersect with anthropic reasoning and the infamous multiverse idea. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of anthropic

circa 1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthropic

Greek anthrōpikos, from anthrōpos

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