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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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Examples from the Web for skeptically
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  • "I don't know what I can do with music, I am sure," Ruth said, skeptically.

    The Chautauqua Girls At Home Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  • Annabel pulled Blue Bonnet into the room and looked at her skeptically.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • "He didn't go after the Kanakas," persisted Bob skeptically.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • She observed it skeptically but Zeke was quite brisk and cheerful about it.

    Stubble

    George Looms
  • "Perhaps he is the original hundredth man," remarked Cynthia skeptically.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • "That alone is worth the price of admission," chuckled Jack skeptically.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon

    Dexter J. Forrester
  • “Providing the man ever comes to Riverview,” Louise said skeptically.

    The Clock Strikes Thirteen

    Mildred A. Wirt
Word Origin and History for skeptically

skeptical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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