be·​liev·​able bə-ˈlē-və-bəl How to pronounce believable (audio)
: capable of being believed especially as within the range of known possibility or probability
believability noun
believably adverb

Examples of believable in a Sentence

she had a believable excuse for missing the deadline
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of believable was in the 14th century

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“Believable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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