Definition of believable in English:



  • 1Able to be believed; credible.

    ‘she felt that Dawn's story was not quite believable’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since then he has notched up a barely believable 126 more hits, including 14 number ones.’
    • ‘No, the problem is the same problem as it always is really - giving people something better and believable to vote for.’
    • ‘He admitted hitting himself in the face with a brick to make his tale more believable and was cautioned for wasting police time.’
    • ‘If the rate cuts are seen to be having an effect on the general economy, the idea of a recovery being around the corner may seem more believable.’
    • ‘Both assertions are only believable if the context is ignored.’
    • ‘In view of the views expressed in the rest of the column, how believable is the apology?’
    • ‘Rycroft was believable as he had worked for them from 1998 to 2000 and was regarded as trustworthy.’
    • ‘As the project is researched, we are told a truer, or at least more believable, version of the story by the wife of the man who first told the tale.’
    • ‘He sounded believable and Dara felt all trust for him rushing back to her.’
    • ‘He's given a fine and believable portrayal of grief and anguish.’
    • ‘The recent evidence presented by him was vague, unreliable and only believable if you already shared his views.’
    • ‘He made it more believable that Shakespeare would be important enough to change my life.’
    • ‘It is believable that he mentioned it in Merimbula because it was on his mind because it had happened the day before.’
    • ‘Whilst this sounds believable to a certain extent, I also think it's a dangerous route to take.’
    • ‘Voters will respond to facts when they are presented in a compelling and believable fashion.’
    • ‘It's a good question, because to be believable is the only way that you could be successful.’
    • ‘Obviously a lot of the footage was taken from standard footage of jammed motorways and so on, which helped make it more believable.’
    • ‘It is scarcely believable that a York bus has come under fire.’
    • ‘No one could decide which of these three claims was most believable.’
    credible, plausible, likely, convincing, creditable, probable, possible, feasible, tenable, acceptable, reasonable, sound, rational, logical, within the bounds of possibility, able to hold water, with a ring of truth
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    1. 1.1 (of a fictional character or situation) convincing or realistic.
      ‘a drama that lacks believable characters’
      • ‘Another thing that a great thriller requires is believable characters and understandable motivations.’
      • ‘It's a way of making the character more human and believable; no one is perfect, after all.’
      • ‘He creates absurd, yet highly believable situations that will have you laughing out loud.’
      • ‘He had to curb his use of slapstick and work on developing believable characters.’
      • ‘It is a strong combination of mirth and sorrow, made real by the lives of believable characters.’
      • ‘Twain's characters are fairly complex and believable for the time the book was written.’
      • ‘The thing to me that's fun is trying to make the characters seem believable, or realistic.’
      • ‘He manages to translate the comic perfectly and at the same time create believable characters and situations.’
      • ‘The characters are believable as is the reason for the murders.’
      • ‘The characters are much more believable as we have seen cases like this in Australia for a while now.’
      • ‘But in order to make the film more believable, more characters and plot elements were added.’
      • ‘It's too subtle for that, preferring to transpose space and time to introduce us to real and believable characters.’
      • ‘The characters are believable and they enhance the feeling of realism in the story.’
      • ‘His performance has matured since then, and he makes Billy a likeable and believable character.’
      • ‘Despite this, the characters remain believable and the narrative engaging.’
      • ‘Generally, the more detail a memory has, the more believable and convincing the account is.’
      • ‘I read it over again myself and found the words to be convincing and believable.’
      • ‘The cast are uniformly excellent, rounding out ridiculous yet believable characters.’
      • ‘They interact extremely well and are very believable characters.’
      • ‘Making a character like that entirely believable earns plenty of respect from me.’