- 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
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1. skeptic. 4. unbelieving.
1. See doubtful.
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Examples from the Web for skeptical
As Ackerman pointed out, all scientists are skeptics; skeptical doubt is a part of the scientific method.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
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I have to admit, I was skeptical about True Detective from the start.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man
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For days the Kurds have insisted to skeptical journalists, including myself, that Kobani would hold.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?
October 20, 2014
Postol and Lloyd were skeptical; hexamine is a common precursor chemical for military-grade explosives.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
As one article critical of skeptical discussion of SCT makes clear, it is a long way from becoming a widely accepted diagnosis.Daydreaming Is Not a Disorder
October 4, 2014
He said it with heartiness and apparent sincerity, but Sears was skeptical.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Allow me to be skeptical, as I have considerable acquaintance there.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Skeptical, like a good many others, we were loth to experiment.
But his skeptical manner only threw Stuart more off his balance.Plotting in Pirate Seas
Felipe can establish his relationship beyond the doubt of the most skeptical.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
Word Origin and History for skeptical
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