skepticism

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noun skep·ti·cism \ ˈskep-tə-ˌsi-zəm \

Definition of skepticism

1 :an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object
2 a :the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain
b :the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism characteristic of skeptics
3 :doubt concerning basic religious principles (such as immortality, providence, and revelation)

Examples of skepticism in a Sentence

  1. She regarded the researcher's claims with skepticism.

  2. It's good to maintain a healthy skepticism about fad diets.

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First Known Use of skepticism

1646

Synonym Discussion of skepticism

uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result.
    • assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty
doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision.
    • plagued by doubts as to what to do
dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions.
    • felt some dubiety about its practicality
skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence.
    • an economic forecast greeted with skepticism
suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone.
    • regarded the stranger with suspicion
mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion.
    • had a great mistrust of doctors

SKEPTICISM Defined for English Language Learners

skepticism

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Definition of skepticism for English Language Learners

  • : an attitude of doubting the truth of something (such as a claim or statement)



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