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

Other Words from believable

believability \ bə-​ˌlē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce believable (audio) \ noun
believably \ bə-​ˈlē-​və-​blē How to pronounce believable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of believable in a Sentence

she had a believable excuse for missing the deadline
Recent Examples on the Web Eggert’s performance is lived-in, believable, naturalistic and cool. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 Sep. 2021 What makes research credible—that is, scientifically believable and persuasive—varies from researcher to researcher. John Sakaluk, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2021 Impressed by his flow, Crown critiques Famous’s not-believable shoot-’em-up lyrics. Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 8 Aug. 2021 Vague messages about continuity and social protection were no help against an SPD chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz, who was serving finance minister and whose party sounded more believable on support for subsidies for house-building and the like. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2021 But the Doctor Strange 2 cameos that appear in 2021 leaks are a lot more believable since the movie has already been filmed. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 Sep. 2021 Most believable and winning — and farthest from its source — is the romance between the two men. Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Her delivery is more taut; her insults are better barbed; and her self-aggrandizing is both believable and contagious. Justin Curto, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2021 While the plot leak seems believable, there’s no way to verify any of this right now. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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