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sceptical

[skep-ti-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. skeptical.
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Related formsan·ti·scep·ti·cal, adjectivehy·per·scep·ti·cal, adjectivehy·per·scep·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·scep·ti·cal·ness, nouno·ver·scep·ti·cal, adjectiveo·ver·scep·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·scep·ti·cal·ness, nounun·scep·ti·cal, adjectiveun·scep·ti·cal·ly, adverb

skeptical

or scep·ti·cal

[skep-ti-kuh l]
adjective
  1. inclined to skepticism; having an attitude of doubt: a skeptical young woman who will question whatever you say.
  2. doubtful about a particular thing: My teacher thinks I can get a scholarship, but I'm skeptical.
  3. showing doubt: a skeptical smile.
  4. denying or questioning the tenets of a religion: a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles.
  5. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Skeptics or Skepticism.
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Origin of skeptical

First recorded in 1630–40; skeptic + -al1
Related formsskep·ti·cal·ly, adverbskep·ti·cal·ness, nounan·ti·skep·ti·cal, adjectivenon·skep·ti·cal, adjectiveo·ver·skep·ti·cal, adjectiveo·ver·skep·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·skep·ti·cal·ness, nounun·skep·ti·cal, adjectiveun·skep·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. skeptic. 4. unbelieving.

Synonym study

1. See doubtful.
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Examples from the Web for sceptical

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Historical Examples

  • But the Wee Folk were under a cloud; sceptical hints had embittered the chalice.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Fear not, he replied, for your audience will not be hard upon you; they are not sceptical or hostile.

  • When the sceptical Sadducees and the Pharisees, sought a sign it was to try him, can he do it?

  • Polly herself, sceptical as she was, should be brought to admit that he had kept his word.

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

  • "I should rather thank you," cried Maimon, with sceptical enthusiasm.


British Dictionary definitions for sceptical

sceptical

archaic, US skeptical

adjective
  1. not convinced that something is true; doubtful
  2. tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc, in general
  3. of or relating to sceptics; sceptic
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Derived Formssceptically or archaic, US skeptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sceptical

skeptical

adj.

also sceptical, 1630s; see skeptic + -al (1). Related: Skeptically.

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