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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.

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.skeptical - denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religionskeptical - 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
2.skeptical - marked by or given to doubtskeptical - 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

skeptical

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

skeptical

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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And the wandering visitor might be skeptical about all the swindles, but he could not be skeptical about these, for the worker bore the evidence of them about on his own person-- generally he had only to hold out his hand.
It was a thing unprecedented in Smyrna at that time of the year, and scared some of the most skeptical.
However, in their relief at leaving a domain where that tyrannical shade held sway, they had hesitated until the last moment to tell us this curious story, which our skeptical minds were certainly not prepared to entertain.
I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater.
00--In this thorough and tightly written work, Pritchard responds to two relatable but distinct central lines of skeptical thought--arguing that the responses are themselves complementary, and indeed that each line of response covers for misgivings one might have about the other.
It may seem redundant to require auditors to be skeptical, but much of the criticism of auditors revolves around the assertion that they have not been skeptical enough.
aRalitsa Agayn, deputy chair of the Financial Supervision Commission is also somewhat skeptical and does not support the idea of forcing people to pay.
To emphasize why he remains skeptical about the DRS, Dhoni pointed to Chesteshwar Pujara's dismissal in the match.
Canada remains skeptical of the Iranian regime despite a charm offensive by President Rohani, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's office said last Thursday.
We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons," spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
According to Rorty skeptical and anti-skeptical arguments are inextricably bound up with the concept of knowledge as a system of representation.
Metaphorically speaking, the contemporary skeptical movement, as profiled by Brian Trent in the issue at hand, wants to flag you down, pull you out of your Porsche, and sit you under a streetlight to find out exactly what's up with that pyramid.