BrE skeptical AmE [ˈskeptıkəl] adj
tending to disagree with what other people tell you
sceptical 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] adv

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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