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 Dictionary entry overview: What does skeptical mean? 

SKEPTICAL (adjective)
  The adjective SKEPTICAL has 2 senses:

1. denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion
2. marked by or given to doubt

  Familiarity information: SKEPTICAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SKEPTICAL (adjective)

Sense 1skeptical [BACK TO TOP]


Denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion


disbelieving; skeptical; sceptical; unbelieving

Context example:

a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles


incredulous (not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving)

Sense 2skeptical [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by or given to doubt


doubting; sceptical; questioning; skeptical

Context examples:

a skeptical attitude / a skeptical listener


distrustful (having or showing distrust)

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