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 skeptical (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.
Recent Examples on the Web But some of Canyon Meadows’ existing homeowners like Tracy Hall are skeptical. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 Some journalists are skeptical, given Musk’s past history. Sean Gregory, Time, 4 May 2022 Independent creators are generally skeptical of advertising. Ira Belsky, Forbes, 3 May 2022 One teacher suggested testing M for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but Linda and Tony were skeptical. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Zelensky was skeptical, the Ukrainian officials said. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Those who know something about coyotes are skeptical. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 At the scene, Lucio told paramedics Mariah had fallen down the stairs days prior, but one of the emergency responders was skeptical, the petition says, because the residence was a single story with just a few steps out front. Dakin Andone, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Jill Fisch, a securities law professor at the University of Pennsylvania law school, was skeptical. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skeptical

1639, in the meaning defined above

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“Skeptical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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