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ˈskɛp tɪkscep·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skeptic, sceptic, doubternoun

    someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs


  1. scepticnoun

    Someone who is undecided as to what is true and enquires after facts.

  2. scepticnoun

    Someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs and claims presented by others, requiring strong evidence before accepting any belief or claim.


  1. Sceptic

    Skepticism, also spelled scepticism, is a questioning attitude or doubt toward knowledge claims that are seen as mere belief or dogma. For example, if a person is skeptical about claims made by their government about an ongoing war then the person doubts that these claims are accurate. In such cases, skeptics normally recommend not disbelief but suspension of belief, i.e. maintaining a neutral attitude that neither affirms nor denies the claim. This attitude is often motivated by the impression that the available evidence is insufficient to support the claim. Formally, skepticism is a topic of interest in philosophy, particularly epistemology. More informally, skepticism as an expression of questioning or doubt can be applied to any topic, such as politics, religion, or pseudoscience. It is often applied within restricted domains, such as morality (moral skepticism), atheism (skepticism about the existence of God), or the supernatural. Some theorists distinguish "good" or moderate skepticism, which seeks strong evidence before accepting a position, from "bad" or radical skepticism, which wants to suspend judgment indefinitely. Philosophical skepticism is one important form of skepticism. It rejects knowledge claims that seem certain from the perspective of common sense. Radical forms of philosophical skepticism deny that "knowledge or rational belief is possible and urge us to suspend judgment on many or all controversial matters." More moderate forms claim only that nothing can be known with certainty, or that we can know little or nothing about nonempirical matters, such as whether God exists, whether human beings have free will, or whether there is an afterlife. In ancient philosophy, skepticism was understood as a way of life associated with inner peace. Skepticism has been responsible for many important developments in science and philosophy. It has also inspired several contemporary social movements. Religious skepticism advocates for doubt concerning basic religious principles, such as immortality, providence, and revelation. Scientific skepticism advocates for testing beliefs for reliability, by subjecting them to systematic investigation using the scientific method, to discover empirical evidence for them.


  1. sceptic

    A sceptic is a person who questions or doubts accepted beliefs, facts, or claims, often requiring empirical evidence to accept them. Sceptics maintain a critical and inquiring attitude, with a willingness to challenge and scrutinize claims, assertions and generally held truths. This term is commonly used in various contexts such as philosophy, science, religion, and politics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sceptic

    alt. of Scepticism


  1. Sceptic

    Sceptic is a Polish death metal band from Kraków. Sceptic is a Polish death metal band founded in 1994 by Jacek Hiro. Marcin Urbaś handled the vocal duties for the first and third album, but currently is a session member due to his sport career. Weronika Zbieg from the Polish death/thrash band Totem handled the lead vocal duty on the latest album, Internal Complexity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sceptic

    -al, Skeptic, -al, skep′tik, -al, adj. pertaining to the philosophical school in ancient Greece of Pyrrho and his successors: doubting: hesitating to admit the certainty of doctrines or principles: (theol.) doubting or denying the truth of revelation.—ns. Scep′sis, Skep′sis, philosophic doubt; Scep′tic, one who is sceptical: (theol.) one who doubts or denies the existence of God or the truths of revelation.—adv. Scep′tically.—n. Scep′ticalness.—v.i. Scep′ticise, to act the sceptic.—n. Scep′ticism, that condition in which the mind is before it has arrived at conclusive opinions: doubt: the doctrine that no facts can be certainly known: agnosticism: (theol.) doubt of the existence of God or the truth of revelation. [L. scepticus—Gr. skeptikos, thoughtful, skeptesthai, to consider.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sceptic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sceptic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sceptic in a Sentence

  1. Nathan Dunn:

    The guy leading the country and leading the Liberal Party is no longer an absolute climate sceptic but somebody who understands the principles, it will take some time for his thought process to permeate the rest of the party and the government itself, but it's the first step.

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