From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishscepticalscep‧ti‧cal British English, skeptical American English /ˈskeptɪkəl/ ●○○ adjective BELIEVE#tending to disagree with what other people tell you SYN doubtfulsceptical about/of I’m extremely sceptical about what I read in the press. Environmental groups are sceptical of the government’s claims.highly/deeply sceptical He is highly sceptical of the reforms. ‘You can trust me, ’ he said. Jane looked sceptical. —sceptically /-kli/ adverb
Examples from the Corpussceptical• His attitude towards all religion is sceptical.• When I started this investigation I was sceptical.• But the business community's sceptical about whether bartering would ever work on a larger scale.• But health union leaders remain sceptical, and fear services could be hit if the mall fails to take off.• If necessary put together a group of people who you know will be sceptical and try the presentation out on them first.• Hume's sceptical argument has been stated very schematically.• Unlike Colin, who remains slightly sceptical, Mister C espouses the McKenna message with an evangelical fervour.• Marxists are sceptical of such claims and see the furtherance of class interests as of prime importance.• Many are sceptical of the coroner's verdict of suicide.• However, others are more sceptical of the significance of merely more women in positions of influence in the state.highly/deeply sceptical• Now most of these teams have been disbanded, and many of those involved sound deeply sceptical.• The Department of Health is understood to be highly sceptical.• In the past, the medical profession has been deeply sceptical about the value of healing.• Some, like Faraday, were highly sceptical but prepared to try an experiment or two.• Nevertheless he remained highly sceptical of quantum theory.• Some well-informed practitioners are highly sceptical of the reliability of corporate betas based on historical data.