[ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood]
the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.
something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.

1595–1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdō similitude Unabridged
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verisimilitude (ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd)
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
[C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdōsimilitude]

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Word Origin & History

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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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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Example sentences
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
The gang members' girlfriends are shown to have a much more thankless lot than
  even verisimilitude would require.
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