[skep-ti-kuh l]


Nearby words

  1. scent-mark,
  2. scented,
  3. scented orchid,
  4. scepter,
  5. sceptic,
  6. scepticism,
  7. sceptre,
  8. scf,
  9. scfh,
  10. scfm

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or scep·ti·cal



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

SYNONYMS FOR skeptical
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1. See doubtful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sceptical


archaic, US skeptical


not convinced that something is true; doubtful
tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc, in general
of or relating to sceptics; sceptic
Derived Formssceptically or archaic, US skeptically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for sceptical



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

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