suspend one's disbelief

Definition of suspend one's disbelief

  1. :  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

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

    :  to cause to stop temporarily

    :  to set aside or make temporarily inoperative

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


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