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
Recent Examples on the Web And, once all the secrets are un-secreted, everyone is immediately accepting of everyone else in a way that makes Harper’s failure to come out sooner even less believable. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Review: With 'Happiest Season,' gay community gets its own phony holiday comedy," 24 Nov. 2020 The Russian cybercrime operation uses sophisticated tactics like replying to an old email thread to look more believable. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Use this fast, free check to see if your email address is spreading spam," 7 Nov. 2020 The researchers also looked at Martin’s notorious habit of killing off main characters, explaining why the deaths may come across to readers as both shocking and believable. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Data Science, Psychology Reveal Why the ‘Game of Thrones’ Books Are So Riveting," 27 Oct. 2020 The Surprise and Anger sliders look similarly ridiculous when slammed to their maximum values, but there are some believable looks in between. Popular Science, "Photoshop’s Neural Filters can alter people’s expressions in convincing—and nightmarish—ways," 22 Oct. 2020 But there’s also a lot of effort put into giving the new Spider-Man’s main antagonists here some believable motivations beyond mere anger or revenge. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Miles Morales review: New hero, same heroic gameplay," 6 Nov. 2020 Their sibling relationship is believable, which goes a long way toward establishing the movie’s reality. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Something malevolent is growing on the family farm in ‘The Dark and the Wicked’," 5 Nov. 2020 Despite the efforts to make the chess scenes believable, there are still areas in which the series comes up short. Dylan Loeb Mcclain, New York Times, "The Queen’s Gambit," 3 Nov. 2020 Building a believable world To ensure variety among all those characters, the developers again needed to innovate. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Pulling back the curtain on the tech and politics behind ‘Watch Dogs: Legion’," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of believable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2020

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“Believable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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