Meaning of alethic in English:


Pronunciation /əˈliːθɪk/


  • Denoting modalities of truth, such as necessity, contingency, or impossibility.

    ‘The final part offers an illustration of how embracing alethic functionalism may help the relativist.’
    • ‘By far, alethic logic has been the field of modal logic which has received the greatest attention.’
    • ‘He advocates alethic realism and traces in detail Putnam's gradual move from alethic anti-realism to alethic realism.’
    • ‘If this is how you define truth, then it would seem that you and the alethic relativist are talking about two completely different concepts.’
    • ‘A basic implementation of the proposed approach has been prototyped in a tool that supports automated verbalization of both alethic and deontic rules.’


Late 19th century (in the rare sense ‘relating to truth’): from Greek alētheia ‘truth’ + -ic.