ADJ-GRADED: oft v-link ADJ about/of n
If you are sceptical about something, you have doubts about it.

Other archaeologists are sceptical about his findings.

...scientists who are sceptical of global warming and its alleged consequences...

The party has always had a cautious and sceptical attitude to Europe.

Derived words:
sceptically [[t]ske̱ptɪkli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV after v

I looked at him skeptically, sure he was exaggerating...

`What's your point?' demanded the old man sceptically.

(in AM, use skeptical)

English dictionary. 2008.


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