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.
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.
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
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
not convinced that something is true; doubtful
tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc, in general
of or relating to sceptics; sceptic
also sceptical, 1630s; see skeptic + -al (1). Related: Skeptically.
. attitude or temper; doubt. doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity. (initial capital letter) the doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt. Contemporary Examples For all my scepticism, I had an unexpectedly romantic evening. The Great Valentine’s Day Hangover Emma Woolf February 14, 2014 Historical Examples Some say that the […]
of or relating to , scholars, or education: scholastic attainments. of or relating to secondary education or : a scholastic meet. . of or relating to the medieval schoolmen. (sometimes initial capital letter) a schoolman, a disciple of the schoolmen, or an adherent of . a person. Roman Catholic Church. a student in a scholasticate. […]
(sometimes initial capital letter) the system of theological and philosophical teaching predominant in the Middle Ages, based chiefly upon the authority of the church fathers and of Aristotle and his commentators. narrow adherence to traditional teachings, doctrines, or methods. Historical Examples In its earliest form it cannot be denied that scholasticism did good. The Catholic […]
a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. any of the branches of natural or . systematized knowledge in general. knowledge, as of facts […]