A skeptic is a person who doesn't believe something is true unless they see evidence. As a skeptic, you refuse to believe your sister saw a ghost — after all, she can't prove it.

Skeptics are doubters — they need to see proof before they will believe. If you're a skeptic, you're probably dubious about things like astrology and magic. Some skeptics feel the same way about religion, preferring facts that can be scientifically and historically proven. Coming from the Greek word skeptikos, which means "thoughtful or inquiring," it's no surprise that a skeptic is someone who asks a lot of questions — and isn't easily convinced.

Definitions of skeptic

n someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs

doubter, sceptic
doubting Thomas
someone who demands physical evidence in order to be convinced (especially when this demand is out of place)
a person who expects the worst
defeatist, negativist
someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
Type of:
intellect, intellectual
a person who uses the mind creatively

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