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Definition of "skeptical" []

  • Marked by or given to doubt; questioning: a skeptical attitude; skeptical of political promises. (adjective)
  • Relating to or characteristic of skeptics or skepticism. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skeptical" in a sentence
  • "The issue is the flagrant abuse of the term skeptical as used by someone with a highly selective and prejudiced opinion, as coupled with an inherent mistrust of a majority"
  • "In the true self-critical spirit of the United States (remember that from before election 2000?), she was exercising what she termed skeptical patriotism, as contrasted, for instance, with complacency with the way things are and unquestioning trust in the authorities in charge."
  • "Herzog at "Left2Right" has what he calls a skeptical challenge."