believable

adjective
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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Other Words from believable

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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If anything, Trump’s vulgar narcissism made his vow to build a wall more believable. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Fox News demanded a government shutdown — and got one," 22 Dec. 2018 This is, of course, not the first time fans have gone out of their way to point out a celebrity doppelgänger, and some of them are, uh, more believable than others. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet's Doppelgänger Is An OG Disney Channel Star," 7 Sep. 2018 There are perhaps too many of these scenes, but overall his character is believable as a veteran astronaut who is concerned about his former crew mates. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The First: Hulu’s new series about a human mission to Mars feels pretty real," 5 Sep. 2018 The bangs were so believable, social media (and my fiancé!) did double takes. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "I Tried the Kendall Jenner-Approved, Commitment-Free Bangs," 4 Mar. 2019 Several phenomenal executions come together in this film, including the ensemble cast, the just-on-this-side of believable production design, and an absolutely killer classic rock soundtrack. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Only the awkwardness that would be believable in the moment for the character. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Asa Butterfield on Playing “Sex Wizard” Otis on “Sex Education” and What He Hopes Young People Learn From the Hilariously Heartwarming Netflix Series," 14 Jan. 2019 Amber Lewis is proving that a rose — or rather, bergamot and jasmine — by any other name would smell just as un-freaking-believable. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You're Going To Be Obsessed With Amber Interiors' New Candles," 11 Sep. 2018 So yes, the sticker on the front of the cooler proclaiming eight days of ice retention is totally believable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "This Cooler Is "Certified Bear Resistant." What Does That Really Mean?," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of believable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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believable

adjective
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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