From Latin *scepticus, only in plural Sceptici (“the sect of Skeptics”), from Ancient Greek σκεπτικός (skeptikós, “thoughtful, inquiring”), from σκέπτομαι (sképtomai, “I consider”), compare to σκοπέω (skopéō, “I view, examine”).
- scepticism (Commonwealth English)
- (US) The practice or philosophy of being a skeptic.
- (US) A studied attitude of questioning and doubt
- (US) The doctrine that absolute knowledge is not possible
- (US) A methodology that starts from a neutral standpoint and aims to acquire certainty though scientific or logical observation.
- (US) Doubt or disbelief of religious doctrines
general disposition to doubt