Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
A state of ignorance, especially such as an agnostic professes. It is therefore ignorance based on a theory, notably that a human being cannot attain to any (or at least certain) knowledge of God. (Etym. Latin ne-, not + scire, to know: nescientia.)