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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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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To keep things believable, costumers factored in the show’s Midwest setting, where not everyone would have been on trend. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How ‘Stranger Things’ Whipped Up ’80s Fever," 30 June 2019 Torcellini manages to make the swindling Bialystock a rather sympathetic character and Raben’s performance as the mousy, blanket-dependent (think Peanuts’ Linus) accountant is believable. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Moonlight’s ‘The Producers’ is intentionally-offensive comedy," 19 June 2019 In Act 2, Litka exudes a wealth of emotions, at times without saying or singing a word (such as when her crush elopes with Jane) along the journey to becoming a believable, yet still sympathetic Gypsy Rose Lee. Patti Restivo,, "2nd Star Production's 'Gypsy' turns it on and takes it off," 6 June 2019 Once the two spoke on the phone, the reality was more clear but no more believable. Dan Greene,, "Nyla Rose Quietly Makes History as AEW’s First Transgender Wrestler," 18 June 2019 Sophie as played by Brooke Vespoli is believable -- naive, innocent, perplexed., "Mamma Mia! energy captivates Regina Hall: Sun Messages," 16 June 2019 Head-to-toe performance capture of Navy SEALs, who served as actors, on a full-sized stage in the studio makes all the movements more believable. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' 2019: What we know so far about the video game," 11 June 2019 In Season 8, episode three, our GOT heroes were busy celebrating their epic if not totally believable win against the Night King and the White Walkers and, in the midst of the revelry, there was something...odd. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Says Coffee Cup-Gate Is All Emilia Clarke's Fault," 12 May 2019 The most challenging thing is making the character feel older but believable. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jon Huertas Has a Message for All the Miguel Haters Out There," 19 Mar. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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