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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While everyone is skeptical of Suzie's existence for most of the season, the finale finally introduces us to the gloriously nerdy character, played by Broadway star Gabriella Pizzolo. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Someone Found The Answer To Dustin's Biggest Mystery In Season 3 Of Stranger Things," 5 July 2019 This year’s player field was one of the best yet, despite many being skeptical of the talent we’d see based upon the U.S. Open being across the country in California the week before. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Travelers Championship draws rave reviews from golf’s best, as tournament director Nathan Grube chalks it up to consistency," 24 June 2019 The reason the agencies release younger wolves instead of adult wolves is because the wild mother will teach the pups to be skeptical of and avoid human contact, while adults raised in captivity might be more likely to approach people. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "Captive-born Mexican gray wolf pups released to 'foster dens' in Arizona and New Mexico," 23 June 2019 But these categories account for less than half of the recent decline in inflation, and investors may be skeptical of his view. Liz Mccormick,, "Powell Fails to Convince Inflation Traders With ‘Transient’ View," 2 May 2019 However, their sweet moment is cut short when Arya sides with Sansa in being skeptical of Daenerys. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Arya Stark and Jon Snow Reunite in Game of Thrones Season 8 and We're Not Okay," 15 Apr. 2019 In 2016, Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage seemed skeptical of a return. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Gossip Girl May Be Coming Back. Here's What We Know So Far.," 1 Feb. 2019 Anybody who is skeptical of all interpretations of quantum mechanics must be thinking something like this. Quanta Magazine, "New Quantum Paradox Clarifies Where Our Views of Reality Go Wrong," 3 Dec. 2018 Ho appeared skeptical of Hicks' arguments, questioning whether the law could be challenged because fear of guns might squelch free speech at a public park. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Appeals court hears UT professors' challenge to Texas campus carry law," 11 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 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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