• Proceeding by inquiry.

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Example Sentences

“The project can only continue with a zetetic plan for research in place.” 

“While I appreciate the desire to hypothesize, I want zetetic experimentation before making conclusions.” 

“I’ve been called ‘zetetic’ because I ask 20 questions in exchange for each response.”

Word Origin

Greek, mid-17th century

Why this word?

A zetetic person is a skeptic — they are doubtful of everything and want to explore the evidence before proceeding. The word “zetetic” comes from the Greek “zetetikos,” meaning “searching, inquiring.” On the extreme fringes, zetetic astronomy operates on the belief that the Earth is on a flat plane and the sun, moon, and other bodies in the sky are only a few thousand feet above it. But true zetetic thinkers have disproved this theory through vigorous inquiry — Aristotle was the first scholar to notice round shadows being cast during a lunar eclipse, and centuries of astronomers have disproved the flat-Earth theory.

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