ve·​rid·​i·​cal | \ və-ˈri-di-kəl How to pronounce veridical (audio) \

Definition of veridical

1 : truthful, veracious tried … to supply … a veridical background to the events and people portrayed— Laura Krey
2 : not illusory : genuine it is assumed that … perception is veridical— George Lakoff

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Other Words from veridical

veridicality \ və-​ˌri-​də-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce veridical (audio) \ noun
veridically \ və-​ˈri-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce veridical (audio) \ adverb

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We'll tell only the truth here: veridical comes from the Latin word veridicus, which itself is from two other Latin words: verus, meaning "true," and dicere, meaning "to say." Verus is an ancestor of several English words, among them verity, verify, and very (which originally meant "true"). The word verdict is related to veridical on both sides of the family: it also traces back to verus and dicere. Veridical itself is the least common of the verus words. You're most likely to encounter it in contexts dealing with psychology and philosophy.

Examples of veridical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unless, that is, there is a veridical image imprinted in the victims’ mind/brain, one which can be extracted using a method that depends simultaneously on the necessity of speech and the impossibility of its communicating the truth. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 People tend to think of hallucination as a kind of false perception, in clear contrast to veridical, true-to-reality, normal perception. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of veridical

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for veridical

Latin vēridicus "conveying the truth" (from vērus "true" + -dicus "saying, one who says," nominal derivative of dīcere "to speak, say") + -al entry 1 — more at very entry 2, diction

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“Veridical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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