As described here, in technical domains agnostic can be used to describe a state of affairs where one thing doesn't care about the specifics of another thing it's related to. For instance, in software engineering, one might speaking of a "platform-agnostic" solution. This suggests that the solution need not have any information about the platform it is executing on to be a solution - it's a solution independent of the platform. In the same way you can talk about things being "OS-agnostic" or "language-agnostic".

I'm suffering tip of the tongue phenomenon. I think that there's another word that be used in these "X-agnostic" constructions that means specifically what agnostic is being used for here. When I try to sound it out, however, my brain keeps jumping back to "agnostic" or to "ambivalent", which is also not the word I'm thinking of.

I think the word I'm thinking of can also be used to describe the relationship between a theory and a question if the theory is non-dispositional with regard to the answer to the question. "My theory is X with regard to that question."

It's driving me crazy. What's the word I'm thinking of?


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A term synonymous with platform-agnostic is platform-neutral.

Perhaps the word you're thinking of is neutral.

  • That's what I was trying to think of.
    – jwrush
    Aug 29, 2013 at 14:20

You might also try:

independent : not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc. .

The abstraction layer is OS-independent.

  • +1. ‘Platform-independent’ and ‘OS-independent’ are indeed both very common and current terms when describing software that is created for multiple platforms. Aug 29, 2013 at 16:51

apathetic? indifferent? blind?

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    Define irony: +1 indifferent.
    – Jack Ryan
    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:25
  • It took me a while to get that.
    – Pitarou
    Sep 2, 2013 at 23:16

I'd go with apathetic.

To help illustrate the nuanced difference between apathetic and agnostic, I present you with The Church of the Apathetic Agnostic ("We don't know, and we don't care")


You could say platform promiscuous

not restricted to one class, sort, or person : indiscriminate - education … cheapened through the promiscuous distribution of diplomas — Norman Cousins



Platform-independent is the term I know from having worked in Information Technology. It means that a solution will work across multiple platforms - ie is not ‘dependent on any particular platform’ - in order to work.

I’m putting it as an answer as ‘independent’ is only half the answer and ‘platform-independent’ appears only in a comment.


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