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Definition doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
  • I am skeptical about her plan.
skeptical = doubtful (in this case, of the quality of the plan)
  • She is skeptical any time someone says it is important she pay them a lot for a car repair.
  • skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
  • a skeptical attitude
  • Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
    Carl Sagan
  • a skeptical listener
  • The difference between me and my atheist opponents is that I am skeptical not only of the allegedly irrational claims of religion but also of the irrational claims made in the name of science and skepticism itself.
    Dinesh D'Souza  --  What's So Great About Christianity
  • "It wasn't my fault."
    She looked at me skeptically, and I realized it was my fault
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • skeptically = in a doubtful manner (like she didn't believe me)
  • "I ain't so sure," said George skeptically.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • skeptically = with doubt
  • As if that's going to be possible, the little voice inside her said skeptically.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • skeptically = with doubt (regarding the truth of something)
  • I didn't say anything, and he seemed to hear skepticism in my silence.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • skepticism = doubt (that something is true)
  • She didn't bother to hide her skepticism.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • skepticism = doubt (that something is true)
  • Sarah raised a skeptical eyebrow.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
  • "Did you hear Celeste say something?" He sounded skeptical.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • skeptical = doubtful (that something is true or correct)
  • I'd expected him to be just as skeptical about the nature of teenage love as I was.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • skeptical = doubtful
  • Colton's eyes turned skeptical. "That doesn't look like Grandma Ellen."
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
  • Even she seemed skeptical.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • skeptical = doubtful
  • They wandered through the rooms like skeptical housebuyers.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • skeptical = doubtful
  • "Are you saying that I owe this woman something?" Thibault's voice was skeptical.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • skeptical = full of doubt (that something is true)
  • His voice was deeply skeptical.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
  • "We have one big advantage: We're smarter than those guys."
    "We are?" Christopher asked skeptically.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
skeptically = in a doubtful manner

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