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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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skeptical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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