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epistemology

e·pis·te·mol·o·gy

epistemology

 
pronunciation:
ih pI st ma l ji
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part of speech: noun
inflections: epistemologies
definition 1: the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin, nature, and limits of human knowledge.
The book's subject is epistemology and focuses on how fully one's consciousness can know another consciousness.
definition 2: any specific theory of the nature of human knowledge.
derivations: epistemological (adj.), epistemologically (adv.), epistemologist (n.)
Word Parts
The word epistemology contains the following parts:
-logy, -ology Greek noun-forming suffix that means study of, science of; written work; structure or principle
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The suffix -logy , -ology forms nouns from bases that are predominantly Greek roots. It is a terminal form of the root log, logo, -logue which in the vast majority cases signifies the study or science of the subject indicated by the base. In some words, however, -ology carries the meaning "written work" (trilogy ) or "structure" (homology ). See log, logo, -logue. Most nouns ending in -logy , -ology have an adjective form ending in "-ical." (dermatology , dermatological).
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aerobiology, aerology, agrobiology, analogy, anesthesiology, anthology, anthropology, apology, archeology, astrology, audiology, axiology, bacteriology, biology, bryology, cardiology, chronology, climatology, conchology, cosmetology, cosmology, craniology, criminology, cytology, demonology, dendrology, dermatology, doxology, ecology, Egyptology, embryology, endocrinology, entomology, enzymology, epistemology, ethnology, ethnomusicology, ethology, etiology, etymology, eulogy, exobiology, gemology, genealogy, geochronology, geology, geomorphology, gerontology, glaciology, graphology, gynecology, hagiology, hematology, herpetology, histology, homology, horology, hypnology, ichthyology, iconology, ideology, immunology, kinesiology, lithology, malacology, mammalogy, martyrology, methodology, microbiology, mineralogy, morphology, musicology, mycology, mythology, necrology, nephrology, neurology, numerology, oceanology, odontology, oenology, oncology, ontology, oology, ophiology, ornithology, osteology, otology, paleethnology, paleontology, parapsychology, pathology, penology, petrology, pharmacology, phenomenology, philology, phonology, phraseology, phrenology, physiology, pomology, primatology, proctology, psychology, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, radiobiology, radiology, scatology, seismology, serology, sexology, Sinology, sociobiology, sociology, somatology, speleology, symbology, symptomatology, tautology, technology, teleology, teratology, terminology, tetralogy, thanatology, theology, topology, trilogy, tropology, typology, urbanology, urology, virology, zoology, zymology
synonyms:
-ics