Scientific discoveries such as the earth being round instead of flat were met with skepticism during the Middle Ages.
When you look at a fact with great doubt as to whether it is true or not, this is an example of skepticism.
- [S-] the doctrines of the ancient Greek Skeptics
- the critical philosophical position that neither truth nor sure and certain knowledge are humanly attainable, whether through reason, the senses, or any other means
- skeptical or doubting attitude or state of mind
- doubt about fundamental religious doctrines
- A doubting or questioning attitude or state of mind; dubiety. See Synonyms at uncertainty.
- Philosophy a. The ancient school of Pyrrho of Elis that stressed the uncertainty of our beliefs in order to oppose dogmatism.b. The doctrine that absolute knowledge is impossible, either in a particular domain or in general.c. A methodology based on an assumption of doubt with the aim of acquiring approximate or relative certainty.
- Doubt or disbelief of religious tenets.
- (US) The practice or philosophy of being a skeptic.
- (US) A studied attitude of questioning and doubt
- (US) The doctrine that absolute knowledge is not possible
- (US) A methodology that starts from a neutral standpoint and aims to acquire certainty though scientific or logical observation.
- (US) Doubt or disbelief of religious doctrines