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. ]>

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 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 26 Feb. 2021.

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