skep·​ti·​cal | \ˈskep-ti-kəl \

Definition of skeptical 

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

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skeptically \ˈskep-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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Eric Simanek, head of the organic and biological chemistry department at Texas Christian University, is skeptical of EW’s endeavors, but intrigued nonetheless. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018 While other researchers remain skeptical about the counting methodology and the accuracy of the steep decline, this penguin colony is definitely shrinking, while king penguin populations on other islands in the archipelago are staying stable. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "World's Largest King Penguin Colony Is Shrinking Mysteriously," 4 Aug. 2018 Though numerous horsemen remain skeptical that the introduction of a qualifying points system accounts for six straight favorites winning the Derby, the resulting buzz is indisputably bankable. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "When favorites like Justify win, so does everyone else involved," 7 May 2018 During the Obama administration, the court’s conservatives were skeptical of presidential claims that the chief executive had broad discretion to make temporary appointments without Senate consent. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Lawyer Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Matthew Whitaker’s Role as Acting Attorney General," 16 Nov. 2018 The nurse is skeptical at first because of his religious beliefs. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Gives an Intense Reading to Her Nurse," 19 Oct. 2018 But there's one important caveat: Dermatologists are skeptical that the spicules could get the sodium deoxycholate deep enough into your skin to do any kind of noticeable contouring. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "K-Beauty Brand Private Doctor Claims Its New "Minus Serum" Sculpts Skin Like an Injectable," 5 Oct. 2018 Watch This 70 People on How To Sing the Happy Birthday Song in Their Country To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% Many in Milan, too, are also skeptical of Starbucks' lasting power. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Starbucks Has Officially Landed in Italy," 6 Sep. 2018 Many people, like Itkin, are skeptical that the upcoming summit on June 16 between Trump and Putin will be productive in solving the miscommunication between the two countries. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of skeptical

1639, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of skeptical

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


skep·​ti·​cal | \ˈskep-ti-kəl \

Kids Definition of skeptical

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

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