skep·​sis | \ ˈskep-səs How to pronounce skepsis (audio) \

Definition of skepsis

: philosophical doubt as to the objective reality of phenomena broadly : a skeptical outlook or attitude

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Recent Examples on the Web The Greek word skepsis means investigation, and the old-time skeptics were the world's first private investigators. Jon Fobes,, "A time-tested, no-cost education awaits! Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of skepsis

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skepsis

New Latin, from Greek skepsis examination, doubt, skeptical philosophy, from skeptesthai

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The first known use of skepsis was circa 1864

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“Skepsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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