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agent +‎ -ic


  • IPA(key): /eɪ.ˈdʒɛn.tɪk/, /ə.ˈdʒɛn.tɪk/


agentic (comparative more agentic, superlative most agentic)

  1. That behaves like an agent, assuming no responsibility for actions or their consequences, only following the orders of someone in authority.
  2. (psychology, by extension, of a psychological state of a person) that obeys authority (introduced in Milgram's theory).
    Most individuals can be easily triggered to enter, and be comfortable in the agentic state.
  3. (psychology) Having to do with performance, or achieving status.
    • (Can we date this quote?) (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]]:
      Narcissists see themselves as being above average in areas such as status, dominance and intelligence (what are referred to as agentic domains), but not in areas such as kindness, morality, and emotional intimacy (what are referred to as communal domains).

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