skeptical

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adjective skep·ti·cal \ˈskep-ti-kəl\

Definition of skeptical

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

skeptically

play \ˈskep-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of skeptical in a Sentence

  1. She's highly skeptical of the researchers' claims.

  2. He says he can win, but I remain skeptical.

  3. When I said I'd finished my homework early, Mom looked skeptical.

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First Known Use of skeptical

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SKEPTICAL Defined for English Language Learners

skeptical

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Definition of skeptical for English Language Learners

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


SKEPTICAL Defined for Kids

skeptical

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adjective skep·ti·cal \ˈskep-ti-kəl\

Definition of skeptical for Students

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



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