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 direct-injection engine has a hungry 428 foot-pounds torque from 2,250-4,000 rpm and a haunting exhaust vibrato that is sound-generated but damn believable. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4: from savior to the sidelines," 7 July 2019 Despite the script’s name-dropping of Rochester, Ithaca and the Bills — fun for an Upstate boy like myself — none of the cast’s leading men is particularly believable as a blue-collar steel worker from that hardscrabble corner of the world. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘The Full Monty’: Fun can be enough | Review," 5 Aug. 2019 The writing is respectable, by erotica standards, and the stories are performed by believable, likable actors. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Audio App That’s Transforming Erotica," 21 July 2019 The two bicker about whether or not the ruse even looks believable. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "When this Instagram couple has vicious fights, millions of people tune in," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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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