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scep·tic

 (skĕp′tĭk)
n.
Variant of skeptic.

scep′ti·cal adj.

skep·ti·cal

also scep·ti·cal  (skĕp′tĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Marked by or given to doubt; questioning: skeptical of political promises.
2. Relating to or characteristic of skeptics or skepticism.

skep′ti·cal·ly adv.

sceptical

(ˈskɛptɪkəl) or

skeptical

adj
1. not convinced that something is true; doubtful
2. tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc, in general
3. (Philosophy) of or relating to sceptics; sceptic
ˈsceptically, ˈskeptically adv

skep•ti•cal

or scep•ti•cal

(ˈskɛp tɪ kəl)

adj.
1. inclined to skepticism; having doubt.
2. showing doubt: a skeptical smile.
3. denying or questioning religion or the tenets of a religion.
4. (cap.) of or pertaining to Skeptics or Skepticism.
[1630–40]
skep′ti•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See doubtful.

sceptic

sceptical
1. 'sceptic'

Sceptic is a noun. A sceptic is someone who has doubts about things that other people believe.

The sceptic may argue that there are no grounds for such optimism.
He will need to polish his arguments if he is to convince the sceptics.
2. 'sceptical'

Sceptical is an adjective. If you are sceptical about something, you have doubts about it.

Robert's father was sceptical about hypnotism.
At first Meyer had been sceptical.

The usual American spellings of 'sceptic' and 'sceptical' are skeptic and skeptical.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sceptical - marked by or given to doubtsceptical - marked by or given to doubt; "a skeptical attitude"; "a skeptical listener"
distrustful - having or showing distrust; "a man of distrustful nature"; "my experience...in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson
2.sceptical - denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religionsceptical - denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion; "a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles"
incredulous - not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving

sceptical

skeptical

also sceptical
adjective
1. Experiencing doubt:
Idiom: in doubt.
2. Refusing or reluctant to believe:
Translations
مُرْتابمُرْتاب، شَكّاك
skeptický
skeptisk
epäilevä
skeptičan
szkeptikuskételkedőkétkedő
vantrúaîur
疑い深い
회의적인
skeptický
skeptisk
น่าสงสัย
đa nghi

sceptical

skeptical (US) [ˈskeptɪkəl] ADJescéptico (of, about acerca de) he was sceptical about itse mostró escéptico acerca de ello, tenía dudas sobre ello

sceptical

[ˈskɛptɪkəl] (British) skeptical (US) adjsceptique
sceptical about sth
He is sceptical about the idea → Il est sceptique quant à cette idée.
Many were skeptical about this solution → Cette solution laissait beaucoup de gens sceptiques.

sceptical

, (US) skeptical
adjskeptisch; to be sceptical about or of somethingüber etw (acc)or in Bezug auf etw (acc)skeptisch sein; he was sceptical about iter stand der Sache skeptisch gegenüber, er war skeptisch; I’m sceptical about how necessary this isich bin skeptisch or ich bezweifle, ob das nötig ist; to have/adopt a sceptical attitude toward(s) somethingeine skeptische Haltung gegenüber etw haben/einnehmen; to cast a sceptical eye on or over somethingeinen skeptischen Blick auf etw (acc)werfen

sceptical

skeptical (Am) [ˈskɛptɪkl] adj sceptical (of or about)scettico/a (su or circa)

sceptic

(American also skeptic) (ˈskeptik) noun
a person who is unwilling to believe. Most people now accept this theory, but there are a few sceptics.
ˈsceptical adjective
(often with about) unwilling to believe. They say apples clean your teeth, but I'm sceptical about that myself.
ˈsceptically adverb
ˈscepticism (ˈ-sizəm) noun
a doubting or questioning attitude. I regard his theories with scepticism.

sceptical

مُرْتاب skeptický skeptisk skeptisch δύσπιστος escéptico epäilevä sceptique skeptičan scettico 疑い深い 회의적인 sceptisch skeptisk sceptyczny cético, descrente скептический skeptisk น่าสงสัย kuşkulu đa nghi 怀疑的
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Conversation turning upon whales, the Commodore was pleased to be sceptical touching the amazing strength ascribed to them by the professional gentlemen present.
But then there were some sceptical Greeks and Romans, who, standing out from the orthodox pagans of their times, equally doubted the story of Hercules and the whale, and Arion and the dolphin; and yet their doubting those traditions did not make those traditions one whit the less facts, for all that.
Clare,--gay, easy, unpunctual, unpractical, sceptical,--in short,--walking with impudent and nonchalant freedom over every one of her most cherished habits and opinions?
We may, perhaps, succeed in restoring her to them, if she is not obstinate: but I trace lines of force in her face which make me sceptical of her tractability.
The long pipes gave a simultaneous movement, like the antennae of startled insects, and every man present, not excepting even the sceptical farrier, had an impression that he saw, not Silas Marner in the flesh, but an apparition; for the door by which Silas had entered was hidden by the high-screened seats, and no one had noticed his approach.
He told the story of the tests made at the Centennial, and assured the sceptical scientists that he had not been deceived.
The notion that demons or lesser divinities are the sons of gods is not to be regarded as ironical or sceptical.
He is, I am afraid, a very sceptical person, for when I asked him about the bells at sea and the White Lady at the abbey he said very brusquely,"I wouldn't fash masel' about them, miss.
I will expound to you -- as I alone can -- the secret of the enginery that effected the Rattleborough miracle -- the one, the true, the admitted, the undisputed, the indisputable miracle, which put a definite end to infidelity among the Rattleburghers and converted to the orthodoxy of the grandames all the carnal-minded who had ventured to be sceptical before.
He listened with a sceptical smile on his gaunt face, and roared with laughter on hearing that the Professor had convinced me.
Dr Hirsch, though born in France and covered with the most triumphant favours of French education, was temperamentally of another type--mild, dreamy, humane; and, despite his sceptical system, not devoid of transcendentalism.
Politically I am sceptical as to the virtue of their being old.