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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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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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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 other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson
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also sceptical
1. Experiencing doubt:
Idiom: in doubt.
2. Refusing or reluctant to believe:
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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. The streets ran rivers and the hotel floor was flooded with water.
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.
Unfortunately for this juggernaut of doom, the books also engendered The Skeptical Environmentalist, which questions the very foundations of ideological environmentalism.
Employers are often skeptical about their employees' acceptance of these payroll-deducted plans, but the Cigna study found that employees are more likely to appreciate the availability of voluntary products than many employers realize.
It's a story riddled with the red-faced conversion of nearly every well-respected, skeptical scientist who takes a closer look.
And because it is so pervasive, it has made us skeptical and resistant to messages.
I can assure you we do it without regards to political ideology", but Republicans remained skeptical citing a range of recently disclosed evidence, including videos and emails in which Google employees show animosity toward right-leaning views.
Scholars of philosophy critically survey not only the entire history of the various Western skeptical traditions, but also the systematic discussions of skeptical problems and arguments in the current philosophical scene.
He argues that these arguments' inability to meet the skeptical challenge forced Kant to modify the distinction between phainomena and things in themselves, which were conceived of as mental entities and the mind-independent objects that cause them, respectively.