'sceptical doubt', is one of the 5 mental
hindrances (nīvarana) and one of the 3 fetters (samyojana), which disappear for ever at Stream-entry, the first stage of holiness (s.
As a fetter, it refers to sceptical doubt about the
Master (the Buddha), the Teaching, the Sangha, and the training; about things
past and future, and conditionality (Dhs.1004; cf. A.X.71).
applies to uncertainty whether things are advantageous or not, to be practiced or
not, of high or low value, etc.
According to Vis.M. XIV, 177, vicikicchĀ
is the lack of desire to think (things out i.e. to come to a conclusion; vigata-cikicchā,
desiderative to Ö cit, to think); it has the
nature of wavering, and its manifestation is indecision and a divided attitude;
its proximate cause is unwise attention to matters of doubt.
It is associated
with one of the 2 classes of disadvantageous consciousness rooted in delusion (Tab.
I, No. 32). -
See also kankhā.