Acatalepsy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Acatalepsy Incomprehensibility of things; the doctrine held by the ancient Skeptic philosophers, that human knowledge never amounts to certainty, but only to probability.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acatalepsy Incomprehensibility. A word much used (in its Greek form) by the later Academics and Skeptics (Carneades, Arcesilaus, etc.), who held that human knowledge never amounts to certainty, but only to probability, and who advocated a suspension of judgment upon all questions, even upon the doctrine of acatalepsy itself.
    • n acatalepsy In medicine, uncertainty in the diagnosis or prognosis of diseases.
    • n acatalepsy A weak understanding; mental deficiency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acatalepsy a-kat-a-lep′si incomprehensibility, a term of the sceptic school of Carneades, who thought nothing could be known to certainty by man
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; 'a priv. + to seize, comprehend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. akatalēpsiaa, neg., kata, thoroughly, lēpsis, a seizing—lambanein, to take hold.