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adjective ve·rid·i·cal \və-ˈri-di-kəl\

Definition of veridical

  1. 1 :  truthful, veracious <tried … to supply … a veridical background to the events and people portrayed — Laura Krey>

  2. 2 :  not illusory :  genuine <it is assumed that … perception is veridical — George Lakoff>

veridicality play \-ˌri-də-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
veridically play \-ˈri-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Did You Know?

We'll tell only the truth here: "veridical" comes from the Latin word veridicus, which itself is from two other Latin words: verus, meaning "true," and dicere, meaning "to say." "Verus" is an ancestor of several English words, among them "verity," "verify," and "very" (which originally meant "true"). The word verdict is related to "veridical" on both sides of the family: it also traces back to "verus" and "dicere." "Veridical" itself is the least common of the "verus" words. You're most likely to encounter it in contexts dealing with psychology and philosophy. ]>

Origin of veridical

Latin veridicus, from verus true + dicere to say — more at very, diction

First Known Use: 1653

Rhymes with veridical

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the range of perception or understanding

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