What does skepticism mean?

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ˈskɛp təˌsɪz əmskep·ti·cism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incredulity, disbelief, skepticism, mental rejection(noun)

    doubt about the truth of something

  2. agnosticism, skepticism, scepticism(noun)

    the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge


  1. skepticism(Noun)

    The practice or philosophy of being a skeptic.

  2. skepticism(Noun)

    A studied attitude of questioning and doubt

  3. skepticism(Noun)

    The doctrine that absolute knowledge is not possible

  4. skepticism(Noun)

    A methodology that starts from a neutral standpoint and aims to acquire certainty though scientific or logical observation.

  5. skepticism(Noun)

    Doubt or disbelief of religious doctrines

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skepticism(noun)

    an undecided, inquiring state of mind; doubt; uncertainty

    Etymology: [Cf. F. scepticisme.]

  2. Skepticism(noun)

    the doctrine that no fact or principle can be certainly known; the tenet that all knowledge is uncertain; Pyrrohonism; universal doubt; the position that no fact or truth, however worthy of confidence, can be established on philosophical grounds; critical investigation or inquiry, as opposed to the positive assumption or assertion of certain principles

    Etymology: [Cf. F. scepticisme.]

  3. Skepticism(noun)

    a doubting of the truth of revelation, or a denial of the divine origin of the Christian religion, or of the being, perfections, or truth of God

    Etymology: [Cf. F. scepticisme.]


  1. Skepticism

    Skepticism or scepticism is generally any questioning attitude towards knowledge, facts, or opinions/beliefs stated as facts, or doubt regarding claims that are taken for granted elsewhere. Philosophical skepticism is an overall approach that requires all information to be well supported by evidence. Classical philosophical skepticism derives from the 'Skeptikoi', a school who "asserted nothing". Adherents of Pyrrhonism, for instance, suspend judgment in investigations. Skeptics may even doubt the reliability of their own senses. Religious skepticism, on the other hand is "doubt concerning basic religious principles".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skepticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skepticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of skepticism in a Sentence

  1. Judge Andre Bouchard on Wednesday:

    There are underlying issues of competency that might be relevant, i have some skepticism this can be resolved on this motion ... the underlying issue of competency might be relevant, but that is playing out elsewhere and I won’t weigh in.

  2. Renato Mariotti:

    Initially, there was skepticism that the government could pull this off. I don't think that skepticism is around anymore.

  3. Robert Frost:

    Skepticism, is that anything more than we used to mean when we said, Well, what have we here?

  4. Andrew Cawthorne:

    On the street, many Kenyans share that skepticism.

  5. Cory Booker:

    I think one of the reasons why we're only one of six United States senators to not say we're not taking corporate contributions is to try to divorce ourselves from anybody's skepticism, as well as, being the change you want to see in the world, i want to be able to make a difference on these issues without people being skeptical, because they're tying contributions -- which have never, never affected the way I decide on issues. ... I think that we were moving in that direction before this whole thing to say' no corporate contributions whatsoever,' which we've done. Again, we are an early mover, and I bet you that we'll see more people follow over time.

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