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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. inclined to forms one's own opinions rather than depend upon authority, especially about social and religious issues; exhibiting boldness of speculation; skeptical of authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or the habit of inquiring freely into the truth of a fact or point of faith in which authority requires implicit belief: especially applied to skeptical inquiry into the supernatural elements of Christianity.
  • Holding the principles of a free-thinker; untrammeled or bold in speculation; hence, deistical; skeptical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)

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