epistemic

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adjective ep·i·ste·mic \ˌe-pə-ˈstē-mik, -ˈste-mik\

Definition of epistemic

  1. :  of or relating to knowledge or knowing :  cognitive

epistemically

play \ˌe-pə-ˈstē-mi-k(ə-)lē, -ˈste-mi-\ adverb

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The Evolution of epistemic

Epistemic has shifted from the arcane worlds of philosophy, linguistics, and rhetoric to the practical realms of business and marketing; for example, a 2007 Letter to Shareholders from the asset management firm Legg Mason referred to investors who "have a high epistemic threshold and do exhaustive analysis to create near certainty, or at least very high conviction, about their investments." Wherever it is used, epistemic traces back to the knowledge of the Greeks. It comes from epistēmē, Greek for "knowledge." That Greek word is from the verb epistanai, meaning "to know or understand," a word formed from the prefix epi- (meaning "upon" or "attached to") and histanai (meaning "to cause to stand"). The study of the nature and grounds of knowledge is called epistemology, and one who engages in such study is an epistemologist.

First Known Use of epistemic

1922

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