Definition of akratic in US English:


(also acratic)


  • See akrasia

    • ‘Given the causal force of the various desires to which they are actually subject, together with their actual beliefs, it turns out that akratic agents simply lack the capacity to do what they judge best.’
    • ‘Socrates' argument for this in the Protagoras, however, is based on his demonstration that the popular explanation for acratic behavior (that knowledge is overcome by pleasure) is incoherent.’
    • ‘And he clearly indicates that it is possible for an akratic person to be defeated by a weak pathos - the kind that most people would easily be able to control.’
    • ‘The classification of action, for instance, into rational, impulsive, akratic (based on weakness of will), irrational and insane modes is a model of conceptual precision.’
    • ‘Consider acratic action, i.e. acting on the strongest desire though not the way one thinks it is the best.’


  • Characterized by weakness of will resulting in action against one's better judgment.

    ‘an akratic person goes against reason’
    ‘akratic actions’


Late 19th century: from Greek akratēs ‘powerless’.