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Unknowability, incomprehensibility, originally as a characteristic of all things, according to the ancient Sceptics. Hence also: scepticism, profession of ignorance.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Gilbert Watts (d. 1657), Church of England clergyman and translator. From post-classical Latin acatalepsia from Hellenistic Greek ἀκαταληψία impossibility of direct apprehension from ancient Greek ἀκατάληπτος that cannot be reached or touched, in Hellenistic Greek also incomprehensible, not comprehending + -ία; compare -lepsy.
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