suspend (one's) disbelief

Definition of suspend (one's) disbelief

:to allow oneself to believe that something is true even though it seems impossible
  • The plot is ridiculous, but if you can suspend (your) disbelief, it's an enjoyable movie.

Word by Word Definitions

suspend play
  1. : to debar temporarily especially from a privilege, office, or function

  2. : to cause to stop temporarily

  3. : to set aside or make temporarily inoperative

disbelief play
  1. : the act of disbelieving : mental rejection of something as untrue


suspend one's disbelief

Definition of suspend one's disbelief

:to allow oneself to believe things that cannot be true
  • If you want to enjoy this story, you have to suspend your disbelief.

Word by Word Definitions

suspend play
  1. : to debar temporarily especially from a privilege, office, or function

  2. : to cause to stop temporarily

  3. : to set aside or make temporarily inoperative

disbelief play
  1. : the act of disbelieving : mental rejection of something as untrue


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