be·​liev·​able | \ bə-ˈlē-və-bəl How to pronounce believable (audio) \

Definition of believable

: capable of being believed especially as within the range of known possibility or probability

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Other Words from believable

believability \ bə-​ˌlē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce believability (audio) \ noun
believably \ bə-​ˈlē-​və-​blē How to pronounce believably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of believable in a Sentence

she had a believable excuse for missing the deadline
Recent Examples on the Web The request, which originated from Chandna’s email address, seemed believable enough: Wire $400,000 to a bank account in Singapore, where the firm also has offices. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How an Ex-Twitter Adman Plans to Squash Business Email Compromise, One of Tech’s Most Pernicious Threats," 19 Nov. 2019 The hosts' top scorer on the day was Robert Rusu with a scarcely believable triple hat-trick - Man Utd are said to be readying a £60m bid., "Romanian Fourth-Tier Side Break Records With 32-0 Win," 4 Nov. 2019 Dash is among the all-too-believable characters who make up the IPA's leaders and motley recruits. Richard Lipez, Dallas News, "White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter's new novel," 20 Aug. 2019 Sharapova regathered herself and hit a scarcely believable forehand crosscourt winner on the run to get to 5-2. Agence France-presse, New York Times, "Australian Open: Maria Sharapova Roars Into Third Round," 17 Jan. 2018 And there are plenty of other theories to examine—some more believable than others. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Ocean Explorer Is Close to Solving the Mystery of Amelia Earhart," 16 Oct. 2019 Then there are the constant telephone calls from con artists with just enough of my personal information to make their schemes to steal my money seem believable. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "How the Equifax data breach settlement could be better," 26 July 2019 Which seems believable: after all, the gala landed right in the middle of Game of Thrones’ final season, and most of us could talk about nothing else for a solid month. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Alex Rodriguez Says Kylie Jenner Didn't Actually Brag About Being Rich at the Met Gala," 26 June 2019 The substitute system that Stephenson blueprints is ingenious, complex and believable. Paul Di Filippo, Dallas News, "In Neal Stephenson's 'Fall,' there is life after death," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of believable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Believable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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be·​liev·​able | \ bə-ˈlē-və-bəl How to pronounce believable (audio) \

Kids Definition of believable

: possible to believe a believable excuse

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