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skeptical

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of skeptical

  1. 1 inclined to doubt or question claims <it's good to be skeptical about what you see on TV> Synonyms disbelieving, distrustful, doubting, incredulous, mistrustful, negativistic, questioning, show-me, suspecting, suspicious, unbelieving Related Words paranoid (also paranoidal); critical, puzzled, quizzical; careful, cautious, guarded, gun-shy, leery (also leary), wary, watchful; cynical, experienced, knowing, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise; curious, inquiring, inquisitive, nosy (or nosey), snoopy; uncertain, unconvinced, undecided, undetermined, unsettled, unsure; hesitant Near Antonyms green, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), simple, simpleminded, unknowing, unsophisticated, unworldly, wide-eyed; certain, confident, positive, sure; callow, inexperienced, raw; childlike, idealistic, impractical; beguiled, deceived, duped, gulled, tricked; careless, heedless, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary Antonyms credulous, gullible (also gullable), trustful, trusting, uncritical, unquestioning

  2. 2 not feeling sure about the truth, wisdom, or trustworthiness of someone or something <I'm a little skeptical of this low bid, since it's way below what the other contractors said that they would charge> Synonyms distrustful, dubious, hinky [slang], mistrustful, doubtful, suspicious, trustless, uncertain, unconvinced, undecided, unsettled, unsureRelated Words ambivalent, conflicted, equivocal; diffident, insecure; halting, hesitant, indecisive, irresolute, vacillating, waveringNear Antonyms assured, confident, sanguine, self-assured; decisive, determined, resoluteAntonyms certain, convinced, positive, sure





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