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skeptical
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

4 uses
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Definition
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
  • Politically I am sceptical as to the virtue of their being old.
    4 — The Consequence (19% in)
  • Having the natural feelings of a tradesman at finding that a job he should have been called in for had been unskilfully botched by his customers among themselves, he was disposed to say no. Yet the dignity of the girl, the strange tenderness in her voice, combined to affect his nobler impulses—or rather those that he had left in him after ten years of endeavour to graft technical belief on actual scepticism.
    2 — Maiden No More (85% in)
  • The remark, singular for a dairy-yard, was murmured by the voice behind the dun cow; but as nobody understood the reference, no notice was taken, except that the narrator seemed to think it might imply scepticism as to his tale.
    3 — The Rally (21% in)
  • A pretty fellow he must be to teach you such scepticism!
    6 — The Convert (26% in)

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