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.
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Recent Examples on the Web According to Sund's letter, Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of Army staff, remained skeptical., "'I don’t trust the people above me': Riot squad cops open up about disastrous response to Capitol insurrection," 19 Feb. 2021 Another economist, David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine, is skeptical that new policies are needed to ensure a decent living for workers. New York Times, "Should the Feds Guarantee You a Job?," 18 Feb. 2021 But the other part of me was skeptical — and a little concerned. Molly Longman,, "Crying To Sam Smith: Why Breakup TikTok Is The Only Honest Part Of The Internet," 16 Feb. 2021 Maybe this year's tilt towards inclusiveness finally puts him over the top, but best to be skeptical until proven otherwise at this point. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Who Will Actually Get In?," 10 Feb. 2021 While many of the cast and crew were excited about the idea, others were skeptical, according to Hill and Weingrad. David Lee Simmons,, "Comedy of Errors: Live from New Orleans, a Mardi Gras SNL episode gone wrong," 8 Feb. 2021 Until a few months ago, Reinhardt, an MIT aerospace engineer who sold his data company for about $3.2 billion in early October, remained skeptical this idea would work at all. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Why investors are betting on Silicon Valley’s second climate boom," 8 Nov. 2020 Others remained skeptical that calm would prevail and pointed to Trump's legal challenges over the counting of ballots as evidence that the race was far from over. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Tensions in Philadelphia simmer as Trump mounts legal challenges," 6 Nov. 2020 But on Wednesday night, Fox hosts like Jesse Watters and Sean Hannity remained skeptical of their colleagues' assessment. Brian Stelter And Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News and AP scrutinized for projecting Arizona while other outlets hold off," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Skeptical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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