skep·​sis ˈskep-səs How to pronounce skepsis (audio)
: philosophical doubt as to the objective reality of phenomena
broadly : a skeptical outlook or attitude

Examples of skepsis in a Sentence

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,, 8 May 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skepsis was circa 1864

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“Skepsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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