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skeptical

[skep-ti-kuh l] /ˈskɛp tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
inclined to skepticism; having doubt:
a skeptical young woman.
2.
showing doubt:
a skeptical smile.
3.
denying or questioning the tenets of a religion:
a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles.
4.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Skeptics or Skepticism.
Also, sceptical.
Origin
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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  • 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.
  • It also requires that proposals to gain performance by remembering the result of an authority check be examined skeptically.
  • 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

skeptical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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