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sceptical

[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
Related forms
antisceptical, adjective
hypersceptical, adjective
hypersceptically, adverb
hyperscepticalness, noun
oversceptical, adjective
oversceptically, adverb
overscepticalness, noun
unsceptical, adjective
unsceptically, adverb

skeptical

or sceptical

[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
adjective
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.
Origin of skeptical
1630-1640
1630-40; skeptic + -al1
Related forms
skeptically, adverb
skepticalness, noun
antiskeptical, adjective
nonskeptical, adjective
overskeptical, adjective
overskeptically, adverb
overskepticalness, noun
unskeptical, adjective
unskeptically, adverb
Synonyms
1. skeptic. See doubtful. 3. unbelieving.
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  • It is filled, and even the sceptical De Breze is impressed and awed by the sight.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • When the sceptical Sadducees and the Pharisees, sought a sign it was to try him, can he do it?

  • His reluctance, even at the close of his argument, to strike the balance, is singularly characteristic of his sceptical mind.

  • I have listened to their method of convincing the sceptical strangers.

    The Miraculous Revenge Bernard Shaw
  • He may have been, though the thing has been pretended of so many princes that one may be sceptical where evidence is lacking.

  • The world, the sceptical world, shall know the hell you are preparing for them.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • Let the sceptical read the “Country Justice” to see what subtle threads were strong enough for a witch-halter!

    Witch Stories E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
British Dictionary definitions for sceptical

sceptical

/ˈskɛptɪkəl/
adjective
1.
not convinced that something is true; doubtful
2.
tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc, in general
3.
of or relating to sceptics; sceptic
Derived Forms
sceptically, (archaic, US) skeptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sceptical

skeptical

adj.

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

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