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or scep·ti·cal

[skep-ti-kuh l]
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  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.
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Origin of skeptical

First recorded in 1630–40; skeptic + -al1
Related formsskep·ti·cal·ly, adverbskep·ti·cal·ness, nounan·ti·skep·ti·cal, adjectivenon·skep·ti·cal, adjectiveo·ver·skep·ti·cal, adjectiveo·ver·skep·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·skep·ti·cal·ness, nounun·skep·ti·cal, adjectiveun·skep·ti·cal·ly, adverb


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1. skeptic. 4. unbelieving.

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

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