1(in philosophy and cosmology) involving or concerning the existence of human life, especially as a constraint on theories of the universe.
- ‘anthropic reasoning is only interesting in a scientific sense if it can help us understand how the universe came to be the way it is’
2(typically of environmental degradation) caused by human beings; anthropogenic.
- ‘anthropic climate change’
Early 19th century (in the sense ‘relating to human beings’): from Greek anthrōpikos, from anthrōpos ‘human being’ the second sense may also be interpreted as a shortening of anthropogenic.