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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The report found that these lies didn’t have to be believable — even clear falsehoods, repeated widely and frequently enough, could be effective in warping public opinion in the propagandist’s favor. Carlos Maza, Vox, "Why obvious lies make great propaganda," 31 Aug. 2018 What’s less believable is the overly negative reaction of some of those around her. Jocelyn Noveck, kansascity, "In ‘I Feel Pretty,’ Amy Schumer tackles body image, and it’s complicated | The Kansas City Star," 19 Apr. 2018 That’s what makes you, in stories, believable and relatable. New York Times, "Rachel Weisz Has a Big Surprise," 20 Apr. 2018 Hard Sun, a joint effort from BBC and Hulu premiering on March 7, is an ultra-violent, not very believable and mostly unlikeable hot mess that has bits and pieces that would, separately, make for more interesting series. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hard Sun': TV Review," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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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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