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skeptical
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
  • Conversation turning upon whales, the Commodore was pleased to be sceptical touching the amazing strength ascribed to them by the professional gentlemen present.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (75% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 82-84 -- The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (43% in)

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