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

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The show has a better sense of Ford's weaknesses this season and that gives Groff freedom to explore the character's youthful insecurities without having to be believable exclusively as a far-ahead-of-the-curve hotshot. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mindhunter' Season 2: TV Review," 15 Aug. 2019 The rumor took off and seemed believable for many Nigerians especially given recent policies by the Trump administration. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Trump’s clampdown on US visas for Nigerians is cultivating fear—and “fake news”," 17 July 2019 Fan recreations were made even more believable on Thursday by the Black Volkwagon parked behind the crosswalk -- the same type and model that sat in the background of the original picture. Anna Tingley,, "Hundreds gather at Abbey Road to celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles’ album cover," 8 Aug. 2019 Plenty worry about the possible impact that believable, fake footage of politicians might have on civil society—from a further loss of trust in media to the potential for electoral distortions. The Economist, "What is a deepfake?," 7 Aug. 2019 Now, whether or not Hopper is actually dead is up for debate (for more on that very-believable conspiracy theory, click here), but one thing's for sure: Billy deserved better. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Fans Think That Hopper Would Still Be Alive if Suzie Hadn't Made Dustin Sing "NeverEnding Story" in "Stranger Things"," 6 Aug. 2019 Wesley Frye is a sweet-voiced, boyish Eisenstein, while John Allen Nelson makes his friend/nemesis Falke a believable Bermuda-shorts-clad party animal. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Opera on the Lake debuts with bubbly, buoyant ‘Die Fledermaus’," 25 July 2019 Dino-developers paid special attention to ensure the creatures — from the leathery skin to the attentive eyes — appear even more believable up close. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "The real stars of 'Jurassic World - The Ride' are the freakily lifelike roaming dinosaurs," 23 July 2019 As many as a dozen teams with believable aspirations to the title? Bruce Jenkins,, "Newfound NBA parity leaves Warriors in middle of the pack," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of believable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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