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1Not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations.‘the public were deeply sceptical about some of the proposals’
dubious, doubtful, having reservations, taking something with a pinch of salt, doubting, questioningView synonyms
- ‘A very interesting study claims that skeptical consumers are more easily won with emotion.’
- ‘He responded to a skeptical question by encouraging us to view his outline as a map.’
- ‘We live in a world that is rightly suspicious of offers that seem too good to be true; we are often skeptical and even cynical.’
- ‘Although most respondents were enthusiastic or supportive of booking, about a quarter were sceptical or not convinced of its value.’
- ‘His legacy is to remind us to be sceptical about science and suspicious of facts.’
- ‘Instead of excitement about the project, most people have been left sceptical and suspicious about how the £750m of public money has been spent.’
- ‘Not only does he need to convince a sceptical market, he also has to reach an increasingly disillusioned customer.’
- ‘He questions authority and is skeptical of preconceived ideas, offering in their place an objective insight.’
- ‘Colleagues were sceptical, his oncologists incredulous.’
- ‘Samples of your work can also go a long way to convincing a sceptical customer to buy.’
- ‘My conviction was so strong that I convinced my skeptical high school English teacher by giving him readings and arguing with him.’
- ‘He has managed to convince even the most sceptical among us that Scottish rugby may indeed have a future fit to mirror its glorious past.’
- ‘Some of his best mates are journalists, but generally he is sceptical and distrustful of the media and never saw his role as a background briefer to reporters.’
- ‘It's not easy convincing skeptical bosses to invest in infosecurity programs.’
- ‘Public opinion, already highly skeptical and suspicious of European Institutions, reached new lows.’
- ‘Has his speech convinced a skeptical British public that action is needed, with or without the UN?’
- ‘You do get functionally sceptical and tend to doubt what people tell you.’
- ‘Experience suggests that the public will remain wisely sceptical on the question.’
- ‘The Prime Minister is sceptical and questions the timing of the new allegations.’
- ‘This has severely hampered the government's efforts to convince those skeptical of the EU to trust it in the matter of the constitution.’
Relating to the theory that certain knowledge is impossible.
- ‘Some later commentators claim that by making this skeptical turn, Arcesilaus abandoned Platonism.’
- ‘Accordingly, to deprive us of knowledge, sceptical hypotheses need only to be bare logical possibilities.’
- ‘That is the basic point that skeptical philosophers from Sextus to Nagarjuna to Nietzsche have made for millennia.’
- ‘The Cyrenaics are notable mainly for their empiricist and skeptical epistemology and their sensualist hedonism.’
- ‘If the transcendental philosophy is not a version of Leibnizian rationalism, why is it not a repetition of the sceptical empiricism of Hume?’
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