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[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
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.
Also, sceptical.
Origin of skeptical
1630-40; skeptic + -al1
Related forms
skeptically, adverb
skepticalness, noun
antiskeptical, adjective
nonskeptical, adjective
overskeptical, adjective
overskeptically, adverb
overskepticalness, noun
unskeptical, adjective
unskeptically, adverb
1. skeptic. See doubtful. 3. unbelieving. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But when the conference was from the first regarded skeptically by the market, and when foreign exchange, which is much more.
  • The legislators need to look skeptically at the contractors' job claims.
  • The nation has always treated age discrimination skeptically.
  • Wilder skeptically probed and exposed human weakness, particularly venality and greed.
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  • Today's younger generation of artists view all those movements skeptically.
  • As a result, they urge that the findings be approached skeptically.
  • Eye skeptically any promises that an acceptable date will be arranged later.
  • However, when a utility is troubled, the customer will look skeptically at all aspects of the operation.
  • Official census counts must be acquired from published sources and evaluated skeptically.
Word Origin and History for skeptically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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