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

Like Obama, FDR was skeptical of social reform through the judiciary.
Spreading the Wealth Around Cass Sunstein October 28, 2008

Interestingly, Weir was skeptical of these most diehard and even surprisingly pragmatic about their lifestyle.
Bob Weir on Drugged-Out Deadheads and Living in Jerry Garcia’s Shadow Emily Shire April 24, 2014

Goodell otherwise bobbed and weaved his way through half an hour of grilling by skeptical reporters.
Roger Goodell’s TV Disaster Shows What’s Wrong With The NFL Lloyd Grove September 18, 2014

Pecora records what he heard and thought about in a fluid, skeptical manner.
Goldman’s Crisis Control Michael Thomas July 20, 2009

Maybe I am obligated to keep casting a skeptical eye in the direction of his brooding darkness until we both are silenced by time.
Behind Rove’s Latest Lies James C. Moore August 12, 2009

Historical Examples

What could be more singular than to see the skeptical Franklin and the religious Hamilton thus opposed upon this question!
Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.

It was the Englishman, skeptical, because of our advice, who dropped the bar.
A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter

In accepting his guardianship, Mr. Raby struggled stoutly against two prejudices: Faraday was plain-looking and skeptical.
The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales Bret Harte

Suppose it skeptical, as to all spiritual truth; can it enter there?
Aurelian William Ware

Terence, skeptical, a bit sharp, would look for the simplest way to pass through a labyrinth and come out on the other side.
The Trial of Callista Blake Edgar Pangborn


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


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