- 1believing that people only do things to help themselves rather than for good or honest reasons Do you have to be so cynical about everything? a cynical view/smile
- 2not believing that something good will happen or that something is important I'm a bit cynical about the benefits of the plan. Her experiences with men have made her thoroughly cynical about love.
- 3not caring that something might hurt other people, if there is some advantage for you a cynical disregard for the safety of others
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