skeptical


skeptical
01. Even the most [skeptical] scientists now admit that global warming is a serious problem.
02. It was hard for Clara not to be [skeptical] when her new boyfriend promised to be faithful to her once she found out that he had cheated on all his former girlfriends.
03. Personally, I am totally [skeptical] of people who claim to be able to foretell the future.
04. My friends looked at me [skeptically] when I told them I would be a millionaire by the age of thirty.
05. The government's announcement of another study to determine if taxes are too high was met with a great deal of [skepticism].
06. It is the job of a scientist to remain [skeptical] until all evidence proves something to be absolutely true.
07. The government now has to convince [skeptics] that its plan to increase funding for daycare will not result in a tax increase.
08. I was [skeptical] when the doctor suggested I try massage for my headaches, but it really helped.
09. Though initially [skeptical] of my suggestion, the boss became quite enthusiastic once I had explained it to him.
10. You should always be [skeptical] when someone offers you a deal that seems too good to be true because it usually is.
11. Philosopher Denis Diderot once remarked that what has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. [Skepticism] is therefore the first step toward truth.
12. Donald G. Smith once suggested that the people who teach us that it is wrong to be [skeptical] are themselves the reasons that we should be [skeptical].
13. Carl Sagan once wrote that it is the tension between creativity and [skepticism] that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
14. There is a French proverb which states that [skeptics] are never deceived.
15. Charles Darwin once suggested that a good deal of [skepticism] in a scientific man is advisable to avoid much loss of time.
16. In France, chocolate was initially met with [skepticism], and was considered a dangerous drug, and was only accepted after the Paris faculty of medicine gave its approval.
17. George Bernard Shaw once remarked that the fact that a believer is happier than a [skeptic] is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
18. The goal of a university student should be to be an open-minded but [skeptical] learner.

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