Skepticism

Definition of Skepticism

Skep´ti`cism
n.1.An undecided, inquiring state of mind; doubt; uncertainty.
That momentary amazement, and irresolution, and confusion, which is the result of skepticism.
- Hune.
2.(Metaph.) The doctrine that no fact or principle can be certainly known; the tenet that all knowledge is uncertain; Pyrrohonism; universal doubt; the position that no fact or truth, however worthy of confidence, can be established on philosophical grounds; critical investigation or inquiry, as opposed to the positive assumption or assertion of certain principles.
3.(Theol.) A doubting of the truth of revelation, or a denial of the divine origin of the Christian religion, or of the being, perfections, or truth of God.
Let no . . . secret skepticism lead any one to doubt whether this blessed prospect will be realized.
- S. Miller.

Related Words

Humism, Pyrrhonism, agnosticism, apprehension, caution, cautiousness, concern, diffidence, disinclination to believe, distrustfulness, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, guardedness, half-belief, incertitude, inconvincibility, incredulity, leeriness, misdoubt, misgiving, mistrustfulness, qualm, qualmishness, question, resistiveness to belief, scoffing, scruple, scrupulousness, self-doubt, shadow of doubt, skepticalness, suspicion, suspiciousness, total skepticism, tough-mindedness, uncertainty, unconvincibility, uncredulousness, unpersuadability, unpersuasibility, wariness, wonder
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