Sceptical



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inclined to ; having an attitude of doubt:
a skeptical young woman who will question whatever you say.
doubtful about a particular thing:
My teacher thinks I can get a scholarship, but I’m skeptical.
showing doubt:
a skeptical smile.
denying or questioning the tenets of a religion:
a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Skeptics or Skepticism.
Contemporary Examples

Still, she is sceptical of attempts to take the bite out of the gender equality movement.
Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism Rachel Hills September 17, 2014

Both men were sceptical of the signal, but reacted differently.
The Spy Who Saved The World—Then Tried To Destroy It Jeremy Duns November 2, 2013

He had apparently been counseled by sceptical teammates that paying into the system at his advanced age would be foolish.
Havana Bids Adios to Conrado Marrero, MLB’s Oldest Player Peter C. Bjarkman April 24, 2014

Historical Examples

It is filled, and even the sceptical De Breze is impressed and awed by the sight.
The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

When the sceptical Sadducees and the Pharisees, sought a sign it was to try him, can he do it?
Journal of a Residence at Bagdad Anthony Groves

His reluctance, even at the close of his argument, to strike the balance, is singularly characteristic of his sceptical mind.
History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain. William H. Prescott

I have listened to their method of convincing the sceptical strangers.
The Miraculous Revenge Bernard Shaw

He may have been, though the thing has been pretended of so many princes that one may be sceptical where evidence is lacking.
The Historical Nights’ Entertainment Rafael Sabatini

The world, the sceptical world, shall know the hell you are preparing for them.
The Green Rust Edgar Wallace

Let the sceptical read the “Country Justice” to see what subtle threads were strong enough for a witch-halter!
Witch Stories E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton

adjective
not convinced that something is true; doubtful
tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc, in general
of or relating to sceptics; sceptic
adj.

also sceptical, 1630s; see skeptic + -al (1). Related: Skeptically.

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