skeptical Definition

having doubts or reservations; not easily convinced.

Using skeptical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "skeptical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm skeptical about his claims of innocence.

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    She was skeptical of the new product's effectiveness.

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    He approached the offer with a skeptical eye.

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    The audience was skeptical of the speaker's motives.

skeptical Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with skeptical

  • a method of questioning and investigating claims in order to determine their validity


    The scientific community relies on skeptical inquiry to test and verify hypotheses.

  • a mindset that questions and critically evaluates information before accepting it as true


    A skeptical attitude is important when evaluating news articles and social media posts.

  • a reasonable and rational approach to evaluating claims, which involves questioning evidence and considering alternative explanations


    Healthy skepticism is essential for making informed decisions and avoiding scams and misinformation.


Summary: skeptical in Brief

The term 'skeptical' [ˈskɛptɪkəl] describes a mindset of doubt or reservation, often in response to claims or information. It is characterized by phrases like 'I'm skeptical about his claims of innocence,' and 'She was skeptical of the new product's effectiveness.' 'Skeptical' extends into phrases like 'skeptical inquiry,' referring to a method of questioning claims, and 'healthy skepticism,' denoting a reasonable and rational approach to evaluating information.

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