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[ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood] /ˌvɛr ə sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability:
The play lacked verisimilitude.
something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
Origin of verisimilitude
1595-1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdō similitude Unabridged
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  • Naturally, the top awards went to my own clients with a few others sprinkled in for verisimilitude.
  • All of this is presented with energy and verisimilitude.
  • Its actors slowly work up to a level of insight, verisimilitude and rueful humor.
  • The gang members' girlfriends are shown to have a much more thankless lot than even verisimilitude would require.
  • Depending on the origin of the array data, it may have the same verisimilitude as the original arrays.
  • It has demonstrated an amazing level of verisimilitude, reproducing well known dynamic fracture phenomena in a predictive manner.
British Dictionary definitions for verisimilitude


the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true
something that merely seems to be true or real, such as a doubtful statement
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdōsimilitude
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Word Origin and History for verisimilitude

c.1600, from French verisimilitude (1540s), from Latin verisimilitudo "likeness to truth," from veri, genitive of verum, neuter of verus "true" (see very) + similis "like, similar" (see similar).

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