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what is the true meaning of "but" in this context? does it means "except"?

From all that I was able to observe in the presence of Mrs. Jencken, I am forced to come to the conclusion that the phenomena peculiar to that medium are of a strongly objective and convincing nature, and they would, I think, be sufficient for the most pronounced but Honest sceptic to cause him to reject ventriloquism, muscular action, and every such artificial explanation of the phenomena.

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No, it's ordinary "but".

"Somebody who is the most pronounced sceptic, but also the most honest sceptic".

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