A person who questions accepted beliefs is an example of a skeptic.
Origin of skepticClassical Latin scepticus from Classical Greek skeptikos, thoughtful, inquiring from skeptesthai, to consider: altered by metathesis from Indo-European base an unverified form spe?-, to peer from source spy
- [S-] a member of any of the ancient Greek philosophical schools that denied the possibility of any certain knowledge
- a person who believes in or practices philosophical skepticism
- a person who habitually doubts, questions, or suspends judgment upon matters generally accepted
- a person who doubts religious doctrines
- One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions.
- One inclined to skepticism in religious matters.
- Philosophy a. often Skeptic An adherent of a school of skepticism.b. Skeptic A member of an ancient Greek school of skepticism, especially that of Pyrrho of Elis (360?-272? BC).
Origin of skepticLatin Scepticus disciple of Pyrrho of Elis from Greek Skeptikos from skeptesthai to examine ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- Someone who habitually doubts beliefs and claims presented as accepted by others, requiring strong evidence before accepting any belief or claim.
- Someone undecided as to what is true.
- A type of agnostic
From Latin *scepticus, only in plural Sceptici (“the sect of Skeptics"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÎµÏ€Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (skeptikos, “thoughtful, inquiring"), from ÏƒÎºÎÏ€Ï„Î¿Î¼Î±Î¹ (skeptomai, “I consider"), compare to ÏƒÎºÎ¿Ï€ÎÏ‰ (skopeo, “I view, examine").