skeptical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj skeptical denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion "a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles"
    • adj skeptical marked by or given to doubt "a skeptical attitude","a skeptical listener"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When potatoes were first introduced to Europe, people were skeptical and only ate the leaves, which made them sick. They would then throw away the rest, including the actual spud.
    • Skeptical (Theol) Doubting or denying the truth of revelation, or the sacred Scriptures. "The skeptical system subverts the whole foundation of morals."
    • Skeptical Of or pertaining to a sceptic or skepticism; characterized by skepticism; hesitating to admit the certainly of doctrines or principles; doubting of everything.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • skeptical Pertaining to, characteristic of, or upholding the method of philosophical skepticism or universal doubt; imbued with or marked by a disposition to question the possibility of real knowledge.
    • skeptical Disbelieving; mistrustful; doubting: as, a skeptical smile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Skeptical pertaining to the philosophical school in ancient Greece of Pyrrho and his successors: doubting: hesitating to admit the certainty of doctrines or principles:
    • adj Skeptical (theol.) doubting or denying the truth of revelation
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.”
  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.”
  • Morris Bender
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    “A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it is a forgery.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “Skepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Skepticism, is that anything more than we used to mean when we said, Well, what have we here?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also sceptic, sceptical,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. scepticus—Gr. skeptikos, thoughtful, skeptesthai, to consider.

Usage

In literature:

The Reformed Church, weakened by Falsehood, is enticed by doubt and skepticism.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
There are sure to be some who will insist on being skeptical.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Ennui and the fatigue that springs from skepticism, the despair of thwarted effort, were unknown.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
I was rather skeptical.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
They also began their work in a skeptical spirit, expecting to find much of the evidence colored by passion, or prompted by an excited fancy.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
Gautama was a protestant and a reformer, not an agnostic or skeptic.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
It was treated with skepticism.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
This was one of the moments when my real self seemed to stand off and skeptically regard the fictitious cowboy.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
It is in fact the argument principally relied on by skeptics to invalidate the Christian religion.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
No nation would consent to carry on a war of skepticism.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
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In poetry:

"And thou, in these wild, troubled days,
Misjudged alike in blame and praise,
Unsought and undeserved the same
The skeptic's praise, the bigot's blame;—
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I smiled with skeptic mocking where they told me you were dead,
You of the airy laughter and lightly twinkling feet;
"They tell a dream that haunted a chill gray dawn," I said,
"Death could not touch or claim a thing so vivid and so sweet!"
"Realization" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

General David Petraeus received a more skeptical reception from Republican Senators than had been expected, but that still won't change the basic math that has sustained the Iraq war for more than four years.
The report notes that some people are skeptical of the pay inequities , and that secrecy around pay contributes to the problem.
The coffeehouse chain says it's a game changer - but analysts are skeptical.
Skeptics write it off as a matter of lucky guesswork.
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters' shows his distinctive mix of irreverence , irony, skepticism and homespun humor.
Just days ahead of Facebook's expected $100 million initial public stock offering on May 18, the skeptics are massing.
His investing acumen explains why Keynes was skeptical of markets and favored public spending.
Hidden timekeeping system by justice of the peace justifies taxpayer skepticism.
Because apparently our skepticism is justified .
Afterlife" would be shot in 3D before "Avatar's" success made every studio convert their films, I was still skeptical.
I'm a huge skeptic when it comes to reading minds.
THE 30-YEAR-OLD SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT MOTHER WAS SKEPTICAL.
The scientific community is skeptical, but these entrepreneurs believe removing CO2 can eventually be profitable and help cool the planet.
Dwayne and Janet Mood of Vancouver were skeptical about Biggs' statement that the dog is her service animal.
Barbara Fields, who remembers past efforts to overhaul student assignment, is somewhat skeptical of this new process so far.
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In science:

The skeptical reader might be wondering why factoring the reproducing kernel in this particular way is important.
On a theorem of Livsic
In truth, one should be very skeptical of any method of estimation which yields consistent estimators in cases where the statistical model in question is il l-defined , as in the case of the incidental parameter problem.
Revisiting the Neyman-Scott model: an Inconsistent MLE or an Ill-defined Model?
The skeptical among you, however, may be worried that my simplifying assumptions are unrealistic, or hide some deep problems.
Simple Type is Not a Boundary Phenomenon
Although I was initially interested in rather formal problems in quantum gravity, the very practical and skeptical research atmosphere at Caltech strongly encouraged graduate students to study topics that led to direct comparison with experiment.
MESON2000 Conference Summary
Although the statistics are now enough to convince the few remaining skeptics, the field clearly demands more data.
Summary: ZeV Air Showers. Where do we Stand?
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