- 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. See doubtful.
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Examples from the Web for skeptically
Wonder cranes around, skeptically: Their image is part of their brand, he says.In the Backseat With Janelle Monae: A Limo Ride with the Stylish R&B Diva
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We, too, are exiting our own emotional bunkers after eight days of war, tentatively, cautiously, skeptically.As We Leave Our Metaphoric Bunkers
November 23, 2012
The bottom line is that when you hear descriptions like these, treat them skeptically: Most are nonsense.Why Do We Keep Telling The Same False Stories About School Shooters?
March 3, 2012
"I don't know what I can do with music, I am sure," Ruth said, skeptically.The Chautauqua Girls At Home
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Annabel pulled Blue Bonnet into the room and looked at her skeptically.Blue Bonnet in Boston
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"He didn't go after the Kanakas," persisted Bob skeptically.The Pirate Shark
She observed it skeptically but Zeke was quite brisk and cheerful about it.Stubble
"Perhaps he is the original hundredth man," remarked Cynthia skeptically.The Business of Life
Robert W. Chambers
Word Origin and History for skeptically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper