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 Some people in Hollywood remain skeptical that Skydance has the creative expertise to pull it off. New York Times, 20 June 2021 The analysis, published Tuesday by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is not definitive, and some experts remain skeptical. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Some Democrats remain skeptical that such a measure would be effective in curtailing police misconduct. Matthew Brown, USA Today, 13 June 2021 European leaders remain skeptical at the durability of Biden's message of friendship, highly aware that another president -- perhaps even Trump himself -- could reverse it all in January 2025. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 12 June 2021 Investors should welcome Europe’s turn away from austerity policies, but remain skeptical of fixes for its lopsided economy. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Many union officials remain skeptical about basing workers’ fate on the goodwill of companies. Tina Bellon, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 Native American groups have stressed that while citizens largely remain skeptical over federal government policies, vaccination campaigns of going door to door in rural and remote areas have helped reach more people. NBC News, 4 June 2021 Some remain skeptical of expanding virtual education, which failed for so many children over the last year and a half. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of skeptical

1639, in the meaning defined above

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“Skeptical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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