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

Other Words from skeptical

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 Dominic Jacangelo, executive director of the New York State Snowmobile Association, agreed that long-distance snowmobilers, who can easily travel more than 100 miles a day, would be skeptical. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Analysts were skeptical the offer would lead anywhere, as were traders, with shares lingering well below the offer price. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Many health experts were already skeptical that North Korea had yet to report a single coronavirus case — more than two years into the pandemic. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 There are those that are still skeptical, like Veronika Honkasalo, one of the few members of Parliament who doesn't think Finland should join. ABC News, 12 May 2022 The autocratic Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan also claims to have recorded zero cases, though outside experts are skeptical. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Franklin’s rapid rise to preeminent jockey while still in his teenage years was also impressive, but his peers were skeptical, even angry about his good fortune, especially the far more experienced Latino riders. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2022 And the next time Dr. Oz runs a science experiment, be skeptical. Steven Salzberg, Forbes, 2 May 2022 But some of Canyon Meadows’ existing homeowners like Tracy Hall are skeptical. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skeptical

1639, in the meaning defined above

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“Skeptical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeptical. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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