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used in Atlas Shrugged

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doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
  • "The consensus of the best metallurgical authorities," he said, "seems to be highly skeptical about Rearden Metal, contending-"
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (78% in)
  • "Against whom is this Alliance being organized?" a skeptic had asked.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (43% in)
  • That's what I wonder about," the skeptic had said.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (43% in)
  • No engineer on the Taggart staff could be trusted to supervise the job; all of them were skeptical about the new metal.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (1% in)
  • He had been hearing skeptically, for some time, the rumors that the railroad was run by Jim Taggart's sister.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (86% in)
  • There were, of course, a few skeptics and doubters.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (22% in)
  • He was laboring to sound cynical, skeptical, superior and hysterical together, to sound like a man who sneers at the vanity of all human beliefs and thereby demands an instantaneous belief from his listeners.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (72% in)

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