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verisimilitude

[ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood] /ˌvɛr ə sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability:
The play lacked verisimilitude.
2.
something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdō similitude
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Examples for verisimilitude
  • 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

verisimilitude

/ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true
2.
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
verisimilitude
1603, from Fr. verisimilitude (1549), from L. verisimilitudo "likeness to truth," from veri, genitive of verum, neut. of verus "true" (see very) + similis "like, similar" (see similar).
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Encyclopedia Article for verisimilitude

the semblance of reality in dramatic or nondramatic fiction. The concept implies that either the action represented must be acceptable or convincing according to the audience's own experience or knowledge or, as in the presentation of science fiction or tales of the supernatural, the audience must be enticed into willingly suspending disbelief and accepting improbable actions as true within the framework of the narrative.

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