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sceptical

[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
Related forms
antisceptical, adjective
hypersceptical, adjective
hypersceptically, adverb
hyperscepticalness, noun
oversceptical, adjective
oversceptically, adverb
overscepticalness, noun
unsceptical, adjective
unsceptically, adverb

skeptical

or sceptical

[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
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.
Origin of skeptical
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; skeptic + -al1
Related forms
skeptically, adverb
skepticalness, noun
antiskeptical, adjective
nonskeptical, adjective
overskeptical, adjective
overskeptically, adverb
overskepticalness, noun
unskeptical, adjective
unskeptically, adverb
Synonyms
1. skeptic. 4. unbelieving.
Synonym Study
1. See doubtful.
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  • 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.

    The Republic Plato
  • 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.

  • But he did not conceal an immense and sceptical contempt for the whole business.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • He had no illusions about her; but his sceptical mind was dominated by the fulness of his heart.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for sceptical

sceptical

/ˈskɛptɪkəl/
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
Derived Forms
sceptically, (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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