Someone who believes that knowledge is not possible for themselves, some to different extents. They may believe that knowledge is possible, but paradoxically, it's impossible for them to know. While one will confine this to the metaphysical, most famously, regarding the existence of God, others will believe that they can know nothing at all, as not even their senses can be trusted.

Agnostics are often well-educated, and even more often do they see themselves as such. An agnostic, by virtue of their belief, typically sees themself as a very skeptical and critical person, and indeed, they usually are. They are often more intelligent on average than those who believe they know things, or at least, so the stereotype goes. Because of this, they often develop a sense of superiority, by which they can logically and rationally transcend the arguments of less-intelligent theists, who tend to be the most vocal ones.

An agnostic esteems above all else the scientific method. It is the infallible absolute of the agnostic. Everything must be empirically demonstrable to an agnostic, or it cannot be known to exist. A typical argument an atheist would use against a theist would be: "Since you cannot prove the existence of your God, how do you know that he exists?"

An agnostic attempts to apply empiricism to absolutely every aspect of reality. A thing does not exist unless it can be "scientifically proven". A modern understanding of science is the typical rhetoric of the agnostic.
Theist: "Do you believe in God?"

Agnostic: "I do not, because it is impossible to prove the existence of God. In fact, I do not believe it is possible to prove the existence of anything, as everything we've known is a product or our subjective consciousness."

Theist: "Are you sure?"

Agnostic: "Yes, I am 100% sure."

OR

Agnostic: "If a thing cannot be proven scientifically, there is no way to know that it exists"

Philosopher dude: "But you are assuming the existence of knowledge, which in itself is a totally abstract concept that is entirely unprovable by those means. If you are to apply the scientific method to every facet of knowledge, with our current understanding of perception and cognition, it would be impossible to trust your own senses, and everything would be unprovable, and hence, you could know nothing at all, including the validity of the scientific method."

Agnostic: "Any ideas of yours cannot be empirically proven, so I need not listen to you."

Philosopher dude: *facepalm.
by Philosopher dude December 27, 2010
A scape-goat word that people use when they are too afraid of what society will think of them for saying that they don't believe in a "god".
Uber Religious Friend: "Hey Buddy, wanna go to church with me instead of hanging out and playing video games today?"

Guy who doesn't believe in god at all but is scared of what his friend will think: "ooh, I'm agnostic.. I don't think I'll go today but maybe next time!" (knowing he'll never go because he doesn't believe in god AT ALL)
by GivUpYerGhost May 24, 2009
N. A person to lazy to observe a religion, and to cowardly to say there is no god.
N. That agnostic is an indecisive religious thinker.
by Mat n Cheese April 13, 2009
someone who believes in higher power. someone who believes that they can not prove or disprove the exsistince of god.

I am agnostic, I don't know what I belive in, but there is something out there.
by dgflfd January 07, 2006
an atheist without balls
Colbert: "are you an atheist?"
Ehrman: "no, I'm an agnostic"
Colbert: "Isn't an agnostic just an atheist without balls?"
by bigbadbrian December 08, 2008
Atheists without balls. It's as simple as that. They believe that they're could be a higher power but are not convinced that it's necessarily God.
Dude, he's too much of a pussy to be an atheist, he's just one of those agnostics.
by Waif-like July 28, 2009
Atheist without balls.
"Dudemanshit, did you know John is agnostic?"

"Yeah, he's such a vagina."
by xpestilencex December 19, 2008
Someone who believes that openly admitting ignorance equals intelligence. Too lazy to think and research, and too cowardly to openly make a choice, and ultimately,too self-righteous to admit.
Agnostic: "Sure, I'm an ignorant moron too, but at least I have the decency to admit it!"
Person: "Uh, if you KNOW you're a moron why do you still do nothing about it?"
by Zem_NY September 23, 2008

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