Definition of believable in English:



  • 1(of an account or the person relating it) able to be believed; credible.

    • ‘No one could decide which of these three claims was most believable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since then he has notched up a barely believable 126 more hits, including 14 number ones.’
    • ‘He's given a fine and believable portrayal of grief and anguish.’
    • ‘It is believable that he mentioned it in Merimbula because it was on his mind because it had happened the day before.’
    • ‘In view of the views expressed in the rest of the column, how believable is the apology?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He sounded believable and Dara felt all trust for him rushing back to her.’
    • ‘He made it more believable that Shakespeare would be important enough to change my life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whilst this sounds believable to a certain extent, I also think it's a dangerous route to take.’
    • ‘The recent evidence presented by him was vague, unreliable and only believable if you already shared his views.’
    • ‘It is scarcely believable that a York bus has come under fire.’
    • ‘Rycroft was believable as he had worked for them from 1998 to 2000 and was regarded as trustworthy.’
    • ‘It's a good question, because to be believable is the only way that you could be successful.’
    • ‘Both assertions are only believable if the context is ignored.’
    • ‘Obviously a lot of the footage was taken from standard footage of jammed motorways and so on, which helped make it more believable.’
    • ‘Voters will respond to facts when they are presented in a compelling and believable fashion.’
    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.
      • ‘He had to curb his use of slapstick and work on developing believable characters.’
      • ‘It's too subtle for that, preferring to transpose space and time to introduce us to real and believable characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But in order to make the film more believable, more characters and plot elements were added.’
      • ‘The characters are much more believable as we have seen cases like this in Australia for a while now.’
      • ‘He creates absurd, yet highly believable situations that will have you laughing out loud.’
      • ‘Making a character like that entirely believable earns plenty of respect from me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite this, the characters remain believable and the narrative engaging.’
      • ‘Twain's characters are fairly complex and believable for the time the book was written.’
      • ‘Another thing that a great thriller requires is believable characters and understandable motivations.’
      • ‘The characters are believable and they enhance the feeling of realism in the story.’
      • ‘They interact extremely well and are very believable characters.’
      • ‘It is a strong combination of mirth and sorrow, made real by the lives of believable characters.’
      • ‘The thing to me that's fun is trying to make the characters seem believable, or realistic.’
      • ‘It's a way of making the character more human and believable; no one is perfect, after all.’
      • ‘His performance has matured since then, and he makes Billy a likeable and believable character.’