from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions.
- n. One inclined to skepticism in religious matters.
- n. Philosophy An adherent of a school of skepticism.
- n. Philosophy A member of an ancient Greek school of skepticism, especially that of Pyrrho of Elis (360?-272? B.C.).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who habitually doubts beliefs and claims presented as accepted by others, requiring strong evidence before accepting any belief or claim.
- n. Someone undecided as to what is true.
- n. A type of agnostic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is yet undecided as to what is true; one who is looking or inquiring for what is true; an inquirer after facts or reasons.
- n. A doubter as to whether any fact or truth can be certainly known; a universal doubter; a Pyrrhonist; hence, in modern usage, occasionally, a person who questions whether any truth or fact can be established on philosophical grounds; sometimes, a critical inquirer, in opposition to a dogmatist.
- n. A person who doubts the existence and perfections of God, or the truth of revelation; one who disbelieves the divine origin of the Christian religion.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a sceptic or skepticism; characterized by skepticism; hesitating to admit the certainly of doctrines or principles; doubting of everything.
- adj. Doubting or denying the truth of revelation, or the sacred Scriptures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as skeptical.
- n. One who suspends his judgment, and holds that the known facts do not warrant a conclusion concerning a given fundamental question; a thinker distinguished for the length to which he carries his doubts; also, one who holds that the real truth of things cannot be known in any case; one who will not affirm or deny anything in regard to reality as opposed to appearance.
- n. One who doubts or disbelieves the fundamental principles of the Christian religion.
- n. An adherent of a philosophical school in ancient Greece.
- n. One who doubts concerning the truth of any particular proposition; one who has a tendency to question the virtue and integrity of most persons.
- n. Synonyms Unbeliever, Free-thinker, etc. See infidel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
Latin Scepticus, disciple of Pyrrho of Elis, from Greek Skeptikos, from skeptesthai, to examine; see spek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin *scepticus, only in plural Sceptici ("the sect of Skeptics"), from Ancient Greek σκεπτικός (skeptikos, "thoughtful, inquiring"), from σκέπτομαι (skeptomai, "I consider"), compare to σκοπέω (skopeo, "I view, examine"). (Wiktionary)