sceptical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sceptical denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion "a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles"
    • adj sceptical marked by or given to doubt "a skeptical attitude","a skeptical listener"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sceptical See Skeptic Skeptical Skepticism, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sceptical skep′tikal pertaining to the philosophical school in ancient Greece of Pyrrho and his successors: doubting: hesitating to admit the certainty of doctrines or principles:
    • adj Sceptical skep′tikal (theol.) doubting or denying the truth of revelation
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. scepticus—Gr. skeptikos, thoughtful, skeptesthai, to consider.

Usage

In literature:

He had been deeply influenced by the sceptical mind of Montaigne.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Langham approached the subject with his usual scepticism.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Thus, I first destroyed the source of scepticism, and then the resulting scepticism itself.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Shocked at Bouvard's scepticism, he invited the two friends to an evening party at table-turning.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
But the evidence of Reeks convinced for the instant even sceptics.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
And there really is no need to throw the whole universe at the head of the sceptic.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
Liberty has produced scepticism, and scepticism has destroyed liberty.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
After eighteen months' inquiry into the subject, however, he was, perhaps, more of a sceptic than before.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
The secular historian, be he ever so sceptical, cannot fail to see in it the central point of the world's history.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
He was too genuine a sceptic to sacrifice peace to the hopeless search for truth.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
To the greater part of the Church, this epidemic of scepticism is a subject of grave alarm.
"The Arena" by Various
For Laura, in spite of her happiness, remained a sceptic at heart.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But the sceptics far outnumbered the believers.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The Freethinker takes nothing on trust, if he can help it; he dissects, analyses, and proves everything, Does this make him a barren sceptic?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Does this make him a barren sceptic?
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The solicitude of "the Lord God of the Hebrews" for the welfare of the Ninevites is to the sceptical mind an extraordinary phenomenon.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
In his religious opinions Heracleitus was sceptical.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
The time is long past when scepticism found support for its incredulity in these details.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
If you are inclined to be sceptical, inquire of your neighbors who hold, or have held, Western mortgages.
"The Arena" by Various
Her recovery, at no distant day, began to be regarded, by the most sceptical, as quite probable.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
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In poetry:

What is Truth? the sceptic says,
While doubt and fears annoy his path:
Shall I heed her peaceful ways,
Or meet at last indignant wrath?
"What Is Truth?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Stung by his cold and snaky eye,
I roused myself at length
To say "At least I do defy
The veriest sceptic to deny
That union is strength!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
Old Omar, jolly sceptic, it may be
That, after all, you found the magic key
To life and all its mystery, and I
Must own you have almost persuaded me.
"Omar" by James Weldon Johnson
Sweet minstrel! from thy hermit's cell
Rich strains of sacred truth are flowing,
The haughty sceptic's pride to quell;
Thy harp is tuned to numbers glowing.
"The Seven Stars: A Constellation of Scottish Poets" by Janet Hamilton
Each form of beauty's but the new disguise
Of thoughts more beautiful than forms can be:
Sceptics, who search with unanointed eyes,
Never the Earth's wild fairy-dance shall see.
"The Unimaginative" by Madison Julius Cawein
Not the victory of Churches, nor of Punishment and Wrath,
Not the triumph of the sceptic, throwing shadows on the path,
But of Christ and love and mercy o’er the Monarch and the Rod,
For the harvest of the Saviour is the aftermath of God.
"The Triumph of the People" by Henry Lawson

In news:

When we find ourselves saying "soared" and so forth too many times in row, it might be time to raise a sceptical eyebrow about valuations—to improve your journalism , if not to help you make money shorting stocks.
Latvia pushes to join eurozone despite scepticism .
A climate-change sceptic is melting.
I don't disagree with that perspective, but like Mr Konczal, I'm sceptical that it generally mitigates against government social-welfare policies, as opposed to for them.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who take stimulants such as Ritalin tend to feel the drugs help them control their behaviour and do not turn them into "robots" as many sceptics assume, a study found on Monday.
Those marketers sceptical of the value of code should listen to Zuckerberg, who recently told his employees that ' code wins arguments'.
As a recent cycling safety campaign from Karmarama shows, it can be worth listening to the sceptics, writes Peter Gilheany, director, Forster Communication.
Sceptics charge that globalisation especially hurts poor workers in the developing countries.
Latvia pushes to join eurozone despite scepticism.
Scepticism aside, this list may help you decided your career path or help you realize that maybe a new direction is needed.
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In science:

In addition to confirming νµ disappearance, it should be able to see an oscillation pattern, which will convince sceptics and enable precision measurements 23 and sin2 2θ23 .
Summary of Neutrino 2000
Despite the intrinsic uncertainties due to poorly controlled selection biases, Page’s work strongly influenced the astronomical community, leading to a diffuse scepticism towards the cluster mass estimates.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Still, Bekenstein’s proposal met with scepticism (Bardeen, Carter, and Hawking, 1973), because it appeared to lead to a contradiction.
Adventures in de Sitter space
Despite these spectacular results, the field of quantum comp utation was regarded with much scepticism because of the difficulty of maintaining coheren t superposition states.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
However, much of the scepticism was silenced when Peter Shor [Sho95] and Andrew Steane [Ste96] discovered quantum error correction and showed that random errors due to decoherence can in fact be corrected.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
We also have to mention that Uzdensky et al. (2002b) were sceptical about the possibility of reconnection, but this is because they had used the van Ballegooijen (1994) self-similar model describing a uniformly-rotating disk.
Magnetic Interaction between Stars and Accretion Disks
Since it is known that these systems are unstable one may be sceptical how they could be given by static configurations like (14).
Non-SUSY $p$-branes, bubbles and tubular branes
We presented them from an “inside” point of view and showed why the mostly technically correct description in , in our mind, is often unnecessarily sceptic, inconclusive or incomplete.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
On the other hand, there are also many researchers who are sceptical about the power law degree distribution.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
In what follows we challenge the assumption that the ITER pro ject has any relation to the energy problem and we quantify the arguments of fusion sceptics.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
In this section we will give an illustrative demonstration (and a control for the sceptic one) of the fact that our gauge symmetry breaking scheme is capable of “producing” masses of the W- and Z-bosons and the (charged) leptons.
A Review of Minimal Supersymmetric Electro-Weak Theory
LIGO’s test masses, φ might be independent of frequency within LIGO’s detection band (but there is no evidence for such behavior of φ for figh-quality resonators—see for some healthy scepticism).
Internal thermal noise in the LIGO test masses : a direct approach
Fix measurable strategies S I and S II for the Sceptics that make at least one of them infinitely rich when the event (3) fails to happen; Part 1 of Theorem 1a guarantees that such strategies exist.
Merging of opinions in game-theoretic probability
Now if the event (2) fails to happen, Sceptic I is guaranteed to become infinitely rich, regardless of whether E happens.
Merging of opinions in game-theoretic probability
Remark Notice that to deduce Corollary 1 we need slightly more than stated in Theorem 1a: namely, we need measurable strategies for the Sceptics (in the case of Part 1) or Sceptic I (in the case of Part 2).
Merging of opinions in game-theoretic probability
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