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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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  • What could be more singular than to see the skeptical Franklin and the religious Hamilton thus opposed upon this question!

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • He said it with heartiness and apparent sincerity, but Sears was skeptical.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • In accepting his guardianship, Mr. Raby struggled stoutly against two prejudices: Faraday was plain-looking and skeptical.

  • But his skeptical manner only threw Stuart more off his balance.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Terence, skeptical, a bit sharp, would look for the simplest way to pass through a labyrinth and come out on the other side.

Word Origin and History for skeptical
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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