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Variant of skeptic.

scep′ti·cal adj.


also scep·ti·cal  (skĕp′tĭ-kəl)
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.
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(ˈskɛptɪkəl) or


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
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or scep•ti•cal

(ˈskɛp tɪ kəl)

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.
skep′ti•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See doubtful.
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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.

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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 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
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also sceptical
1. Experiencing doubt:
Idiom: in doubt.
2. Refusing or reluctant to believe:
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skeptical (US) [ˈskeptɪkəl] ADJescéptico (of, about acerca de) he was sceptical about itse mostró escéptico acerca de ello, tenía dudas sobre ello
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[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.
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, (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
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skeptical (Am) [ˈskɛptɪkl] adj sceptical (of or about)scettico/a (su or circa)
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(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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
After that, in the Sourdough Saloon, that night, they exhibited coarse gold to the sceptical crowd.
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.
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.
The year in Germany, the long stay in Paris, had prepared Philip to receive the sceptical teaching which came to him now with such a feeling of relief.
The sceptical tone of his conversation was that of a man who had been taught by experience.
And then, without rhyme or reason, all sceptical, my mind flew back to a small biographical note in the red-bound Who's Who, and I said to myself, "She was born in Cambridge, and she is twenty-seven years old." And then I said, "Twenty-seven years old and still free and fancy free?" But how did I know she was fancy free?
I never saw him irate except when David was still sceptical, but then he would say quite warningly "He says it is true, so it must be true." This brings me to that one of his qualities, which at once gratified and pained me, his admiration for myself.
"How do you know?" Sheldon asked, sceptical of her certitude.
Harley was sceptical, but her woman's intuition guessed aright.
At first he was sceptical. He scrutinized me keenly and was half convinced, then shook his head and would not believe.
Taylor and Delcarte seized the spirit of my mood but Snider, I think, was a trifle sceptical.
I throw out these queries for intelligent readers to answer, who know, at once, how credulous we are, and how sceptical, how soft and how obstinate, how firm for others and how diffident about ourselves: meanwhile, it is certain that our friend William Dobbin, who was personally of so complying a disposition that if his parents had pressed him much, it is probable he would have stepped down into the kitchen and married the cook, and who, to further his own interests, would have found the most insuperable difficulty in walking across the street, found himself as busy and eager in the conduct of George Osborne's affairs, as the most selfish tactician could be in the pursuit of his own.