skep·ti·cism also scep·ti·cism (skĕptĭ-sĭz′əm)
1. A doubting or questioning attitude or state of mind; dubiety. See Synonyms at uncertainty.
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.
3. Doubt or disbelief of religious tenets.
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