skeptical

adjective
skep·​ti·​cal | \ ˈskep-ti-kəl How to pronounce skeptical (audio) \

Definition of skeptical

: relating to, characteristic of, or marked by skepticism a skeptical listener

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skeptically \ ˈskep-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce skeptically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of skeptical in a Sentence

She's highly skeptical of the researchers' claims. He says he can win, but I remain skeptical. When I said I'd finished my homework early, Mom looked skeptical.
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Recent Examples on the Web

His main negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is more skeptical. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Trade Talks Spotlight Role of China’s State-Owned Firms," 26 Jan. 2019 Many women of color remained skeptical that the march really represented their concerns. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 When Disney first announced a live-action version of its 1941 animated classic, Dumbo, plenty of people were skeptical. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New trailer for Disney’s live-action Dumbo captures magic of original," 15 Nov. 2018 When fasting emerged as a diet, Peipert was skeptical. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 This is why Americans have a duty to be skeptical because the media, the left wing have been wrong. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 Scientists have previously been skeptical of the idea that exposure to talc increases the risk for cancer partly because there wasn’t a clear biological mechanism. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 But environmental groups are skeptical that a former coal lobbyist will be forthcoming about his intentions at the agency. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: The EPA won't change policy after Pruitt. But it might be more transparent about it.," 10 July 2018 Nonetheless, some are skeptical that Hinman’s words are good news for Ripple, which has been hoping exchanges like Coinbase and Circle will add XRP to their trading books. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The SEC's Big Cryptocurrency Speech: 5 Things to Know," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of skeptical

1639, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skeptical was in 1639

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skeptical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of skeptical

: having or expressing doubt about something (such as a claim or statement)

skeptical

adjective
skep·​ti·​cal | \ ˈskep-ti-kəl How to pronounce skeptical (audio) \

Kids Definition of skeptical

: having or showing doubt He thinks he'll make money, but I'm skeptical.

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