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skeptically

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv skeptically with scepticism; in a sceptical manner "he looked at her sceptically"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When potatoes were first introduced to Europe, people were skeptical and only ate the leaves, which made them sick. They would then throw away the rest, including the actual spud.
    • skeptically In a skeptical manner, in any sense of the word; with skepticism.
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Quotations

  • Robert Lindner
    Robert Lindner
    “Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.”
  • Ralph B. Perry
    Ralph B. Perry
    “I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.”
  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “Skepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.”

Usage

In literature:

The persistent mystery about his birth had always made him skeptical of Tim's statement that he had been present at the marriage.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The old hand threw himself back on his pillow in skeptical irritation.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
He reveals himself as generous or selfish; as an optimist or as a skeptic.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
The silence that ensued was broken by a miserable skeptic, whose ill-regulated aspirations betrayed his insular prejudice, 'Vot is it?
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862" by Various
He looked astonished, skeptical, then pained.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
It was the first real skepticism of his life, and crowding it back into his heart as best he could, he pressed on, excited and curious.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Not having been accustomed to such visitants, they were at first skeptical and thoroughly overawed at my presence.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
Most people for a minute or two, in the wild tumult of such a shock, have experienced the same skepticism.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
The Gentle Skeptic; or, Essays and Conversations of a Country Justice on the Authenticity and Truth of the Old Testament Records.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
Without doubt or skepticism, himself he has confounded the skeptics.
"The Negro Problem" by Booker T. Washington, et al.
At once, in its train, followed a wholesome view of the modern skeptical world I was accustomed to move in at home.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
Among these was his brother Charles, whose skepticism has been spoken of elsewhere in this chapter.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
She looked at me skeptically.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
The return to the palace was joyous this time; but in her heart of hearts Kathlyn was skeptical.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
They should not be skeptics, however, but close observers, original thinkers, and correct reasoners.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
For the most part the black press treated the Navy's announcement with skepticism.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Franklin was a little skeptical, and had no notion of being betrayed by a kiss.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
For a Subspace Engineer, Trigger had thought skeptically, he was a pretty good grabber.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
The Cuban, more curious and more skeptical, went straight to the window and looked out.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The city reads with a vague, dull skepticism.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
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In poetry:

"And thou, in these wild, troubled days,
Misjudged alike in blame and praise,
Unsought and undeserved the same
The skeptic's praise, the bigot's blame;—
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I smiled with skeptic mocking where they told me you were dead,
You of the airy laughter and lightly twinkling feet;
"They tell a dream that haunted a chill gray dawn," I said,
"Death could not touch or claim a thing so vivid and so sweet!"
"Realization" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

For skeptics it is why the field does not die.
Bjørn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, is back with his new book, Cool It .
The promotional machinery around the "Star Wars" franchise exists beyond fervor or skepticism.
Tennesseans skeptical of Obama, Palin, poll finds.
Tennesseans skeptical of President Obama, Sarah Palin.
I've been accused on this blog of being mean to climate deniers – of calling them "deniers" when they fancy themselves "skeptics".
Last night on The O'Reilly Factor, Bill asked me skeptically about Ron Paul's wanting to " do away with the Fed.".
More than a few people were skeptical, when the Washington Post picked up on our story about robotic dragonfly spies.
I used to be the slightest bit skeptical of the story Grant Achatz tells of the famous pheasant and burning oak leaf course at Alinea that reduces nostalgic diners to tears.
I'm not skeptical about that.
Cynicism abounds in the federal workplace, but FCW.com blogger Steve Kelman remains skeptical about favoritism .
CAPE COD has a way of turning birding skeptics into enthusiasts.
Experts say they're safe, but skeptics remain.
But there remain a few skeptics.
Earth has a message for global warming skeptics: Its effects are starting to appear where it really counts.
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In science:

The idea is that if there are conflicts, the 2D conjecture should be at least skeptical.
Are waves all localized in two dimensional random media?
Multilinear formulas and skepticism of quantum computing.
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms
Regarding the definition of tensor we gave at the beginning, it is possible to be a little skeptical, in the sense that such a definition seems to need a system of coordinates, leading us to think that, even if relationships between tensors are coordinates independent, tensors might be not.
Higher-Order Theories of Gravitation
For example he uses at least ten of the “hottest skeptic arguments” found at skepticalscience.com: “It’s the sun”, “It’s cooling”, surface temperatures or models are unreliable, and so forth.
Climate Sensitivity and the Response of Temperature to CO$_2$
Using examples from real physics avoids collapsing scientific underdetermination into familiar extrascientific skeptical worries, as P.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
The journal editors like the theory, but are a bit skeptical of the compression based method for testing the theory.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Now, the other researchers of the field are well-meaning but skeptical, since all the previously published results used a standard language corresponding to a Turing machine B .
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The concrete proposal is useful for another reason: it allows skeptical observers to formulate their ob jections in precise terms.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
From a skeptical point of view it can always be argued that set of recorded L’s R’s strings may be compressed in some way (perhaps finding some pattern) and still keep the relatively low complexity of 3n+1 function’s description.
About functions where function input describes inner working of the function
Downey, Parameterized complexity for the skeptic, in: In Proc. 18th IEEE Annual Conference on Computational Complexity, 2003.
Parameterized Complexity of Problems in Coalitional Resource Games
Any skeptical observer takes the latter position.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
The skeptics typically cannot point to any specific error in the calculations that have been made. I admit that I have generally been among the latter group—but at this stage of the game it is an inadequate position to take.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
Despite much evidence in favour of the RH, there are also some reasons to be skeptical about its truth – see, for example,, and .
On some recent results in the theory of the zeta-function
Adopting ambiguity propagation yields in a sense a more extreme form of skepticism, in that fewer conclusions can be drawn.
Interdefinability of defeasible logic and logic programming under the well-founded semantics
This is in contrast to indirectly skeptical formalisms, such as default logic (Reiter 1980) and the stable model and answer–set (Gelfond and Lifschitz 1991) semantics for logic programs, where consequences are defined indirectly via the intersection of extensions (stable models, answer–sets).
Interdefinability of defeasible logic and logic programming under the well-founded semantics
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