Definition of believable in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈlēvəb(ə)l/


1(Of an account or the person relating it) able to be believed; credible.
Example sentences
  • Voters will respond to facts when they are presented in a compelling and believable fashion.
  • It had surprised his parents so much that he'd been interested at all that they'd barely been able to come up with a believable reply.
  • Whilst this sounds believable to a certain extent, I also think it's a dangerous route to take.
credible, plausible, likely, tenable, able to hold water, conceivable, imaginable, convincing, creditable, probable, possible, feasible, reasonable, rational, sound, within the bounds of possibility, with a ring of truth
1.1(Of a fictional character or situation) convincing or realistic.
Example sentences
  • The thing to me that's fun is trying to make the characters seem believable, or realistic.
  • The characters are believable as is the reason for the murders.
  • The characters are believable and they enhance the feeling of realism in the story.



Pronunciation: /biˌlēvəˈbilitē/
Example sentences
  • When a person reports or evaluates qualitative research, it is important to assess the findings for plausibility and believability.
  • As strange as it sounds, the strength of this book lies in its believability.
  • And the students portrayed their roles with believability and passion, he said.


Example sentences
  • She was a very believably shy, sweet, funny Cinderella.
  • But I used to try to talk nonsense believably, you know what I mean?
  • ‘I was awake the whole time,’ he said quickly, but not very believably.

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Syllabification: be·liev·a·ble

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