- a member of a philosophical school of ancient Greece, the earliest group of which consisted of Pyrrho and his followers, who maintained that real knowledge of things is impossible.
- any later thinker who doubts or questions the possibility of real knowledge of any kind.
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Other skeptics say Section 230 allows platforms to profit from hosting misinformation and hate speech.Why the most controversial US internet law is worth saving|Amy Nordrum|September 9, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The association with GM gives Nikola a much-needed credibility boost—the startup has battled skeptics of its technology and business model, particularly since its stock was publicly listed earlier this year.Nikola stock surges 40% on General Motors partnership news|dzanemorris|September 8, 2020|Fortune
So it’s a little awkward that a county supervisor has positioned himself as the most high-profile local skeptic of the virus.Morning Report: The Supervisor Elevating Coronavirus Skepticism|Voice of San Diego|August 21, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Since May, Desmond has positioned himself as the most high-profile skeptic of the coronavirus to hold local office.Supervisor by Day, But a COVID-19 Skeptic on the Airwaves|Katy Stegall|August 20, 2020|Voice of San Diego
I called them “islands of fertility in the continent,” though some skeptics doubted that the lakes were really there.He Found ‘Islands of Fertility’ Beneath Antarctica’s Ice|Steve Nadis|July 20, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Given this tiny pool of survivors, a skeptic might ask why the story of the Mandans should matter to the contemporary reader?The Tribe at the Center of America: The Story of the Mandan|Andrew Graybill|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you're a skeptic like me, this entire process sounds like one massive shake of the head from start to finish.
In truth, I was a skeptic from day one, let the record show.Republicans Move to the Center? Nope, They’re Crazier Than Ever|Michael Tomasky|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Abrams is a skeptic, which he is well within his rights to be (a position this writer shares).Does Elliott Abrams Speak For American Jewish Leaders?|Ali Gharib|August 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I was a skeptic, but lo and behold, the Judiciary Committee actually acted like the old Senate for a week.
This circumstance alone, ought to be strong evidence, even to a skeptic, of its super-human origin.
Now, says the skeptic, is it not possible that reptiles and birds lived upon the earth previous to the creation of beasts?
I should like to argue the point with you, but you are such a confirmed skeptic, I fear I should be wasting my time.Jack Harkaway in New York|Bracebridge Hemyng
A powerful bass voice projected itself from the lungs of the good-humored-looking skeptic.Southern Hearts|Florence Hull Winterburn
Yours is a skeptic age, my dears, and you have learned to scoff at things you do not understand.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde