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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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  • Annabel pulled Blue Bonnet into the room and looked at her skeptically.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • "I don't know what I can do with music, I am sure," Ruth said, skeptically.

    The Chautauqua Girls At Home Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  • "Perhaps he is the original hundredth man," remarked Cynthia skeptically.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • "He didn't go after the Kanakas," persisted Bob skeptically.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • "That's a lot of swearing for a man to do that's been shot through the lungs," commented Bill Wilson skeptically.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • She observed it skeptically but Zeke was quite brisk and cheerful about it.

    Stubble George Looms
  • If hes been in danger for five days, he said skeptically, hes not in such a bad fix or itd have been over.

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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