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or sceptical

[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
inclined to skepticism; having an attitude of doubt:
a skeptical young woman who will question whatever you say.
doubtful about a particular thing:
My teacher thinks I can get a scholarship, but I'm skeptical.
showing doubt:
a skeptical smile.
denying or questioning the tenets of a religion:
a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Skeptics or Skepticism.
Origin of skeptical
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
1. skeptic. 4. unbelieving.
Synonym Study
1. See doubtful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What could be more singular than to see the skeptical Franklin and the religious Hamilton thus opposed upon this question!

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • It was the Englishman, skeptical, because of our advice, who dropped the bar.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • In accepting his guardianship, Mr. Raby struggled stoutly against two prejudices: Faraday was plain-looking and skeptical.

  • Suppose it skeptical, as to all spiritual truth; can it enter there?

    Aurelian William Ware
  • Terence, skeptical, a bit sharp, would look for the simplest way to pass through a labyrinth and come out on the other side.

Word Origin and History for skeptical

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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