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
- 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").