The best example is when teenagers and young adults say "yeah right" to their parents and elders who provide sound advice because they are convinced that their situation is new or different. It's sort of patronizing but maybe something else. When you just go along with whatever they say, but inwardly you seriously doubt that they know what they are talking about. Is there a word for this?

Update: Perhaps "incredulity"?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Lawrence, Drew, AmE speaker, tchrist Dec 25 '17 at 20:37

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    Hello, Iwantmyphd. Although not tagged as such [single-word-request], your question would probably fall into that category. These kinds of questions generally require a sample sentence to display how the target word might be employed. IMHO, "patronize" works. – Cascabel Dec 24 '17 at 4:30
  • I might add the retort "Whatever..." to this complaint. – Cascabel Dec 24 '17 at 4:36
  • Skepticism?.... – aparente001 Dec 24 '17 at 4:43
  • It could be ironically. If you say something "ironically", you do not mean it and are saying it as a joke. – Bob Dec 24 '17 at 4:48
  • @Lawrence I'm not sure why this is considered opinion-based, and I'm not sure how I would edit it so that it doesn't sound opinion-based. – iwantmyphd Dec 26 '17 at 21:55

When you agree (or pretend to) in order to 'shut someone up' (or, 'down') it's called: 'yessing' them to death.

"You be home by midnight!"

"Yeah, sure, whatever..."

"I mean it! Don't just 'yes' me to death!"

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