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or scep·ti·cal

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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. See doubtful.
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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.


    George Looms

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

    The Business of Life

    Robert W. Chambers

Word Origin and History for skeptically



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

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