be·liev·able | \bə-ˈlē-və-bəl \

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 \ noun
believably \bə-ˈlē-və-blē \ adverb

Examples of believable in a Sentence

she had a believable excuse for missing the deadline

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After the results were released, Arab and Turkmen voters in Kirkuk demonstrated in front of the election commission headquarters, saying the margin of victory for a mainstream Kurdish party was not believable. Washington Post, "Iraq set for election recount to salvage tainted result," 21 June 2018 Separately, the Police Department convened a panel of top officials who, since 2016, have been reviewing every case in which a judge finds that an officer’s testimony was not believable. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "Promotions, Not Punishments, for Officers Accused of Lying," 19 Mar. 2018 There's nary a believable moment, emotionally or otherwise, in No Postage Necessary, which also suffers from its overly treacly musical score composed by Closshey. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 The whole affair, believable or not, has a refreshing tenderness. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "‘Bright Star,’ a musical tale of NC mountain life, glows steadily and endearingly," 27 June 2018 There was something inevitable (if not quite believable) about Ian Connor being seated proudly on the Louis Vuitton front row, next to a huge pile of limited edition monogrammed luggage., "A Man Accused Of Rape By 21 Women Was On The Front Row At Louis Vuitton," 28 June 2018 Eventually, enterprising journalists get the allegations published, at which point they are investigated and found to be believable, awful and not isolated at all. Karla Peterson,, "The dangers of ignoring the canary in the #MeToo coal mine," 18 June 2018 The nature of the engagement with industry representatives calls into question the impartiality of the process and thus, casts doubt that the scientific knowledge gained from the study would be actionable or believable. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "NIH shuts down controversial $100M drinking study backed by Big Alcohol," 15 June 2018 One reason: Punk delivered a believable and persuasive testimony. Michael Mccann,, "What Were the Key Factors Behind CM Punk Winning His Defamation Trial?," 5 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of believable

: possible to believe a believable excuse

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