or scep·ti·cal

[ skep-ti-kuhl ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. skene,
  2. skene dhu,
  3. skep,
  4. skepful,
  5. skeptic,
  6. skeptically,
  7. skepticism,
  8. skerrick,
  9. skerry,
  10. sket

Origin of skeptical

First recorded in 1630–40; skeptic + -al1

Related forms

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for skeptical

Word Origin and History for skeptical



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper