or scep·ti·cal

[ skep-ti-kuhl ]
See synonyms for: skepticalskeptically on

  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.

  1. showing doubt: a skeptical smile.

  2. denying or questioning the tenets of a religion: a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles.

  3. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Skeptics or Skepticism.

Origin of skeptical

First recorded in 1630–40; skeptic + -al1

synonym study For skeptical

1. See doubtful.

Other words for skeptical

Other words from skeptical

  • skep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • skep·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • an·ti·skep·ti·cal, adjective
  • non·skep·ti·cal, adjective
  • o·ver·skep·ti·cal, adjective
  • o·ver·skep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·skep·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • un·skep·ti·cal, adjective
  • un·skep·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023