Definition of veridical in English:



  • 1Truthful.

    as noun ‘Pilate's attitude to the veridical’
    • ‘We assume our senses are veridical (tell us the truth) out of pragmatism - if we thought they lied all the time we'd go mad.’
    • ‘With both sense experience and mystical experience contradictions between reports prevent us from taking all of them to be veridical.’
    • ‘I am willing to bet that any answer offered will be no more veridical than any offered before.’
    • ‘This system cannot distinguish veridical from false memories, organize the retrieval output, or guide a retrieval search.’
    • ‘According to Buddhist prama tenets, there are only two valid and authoritative means of veridical cognition.’
    • ‘It is virtually impossible to find a veridical characterization of the secular left from anywhere on the right.’
    reliable, dependable, trustworthy, authoritative, honest, faithful
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    1. 1.1 Coinciding with reality.
      ‘such memories are not necessarily veridical’
      • ‘In mediumistic communications it was not unusual to find veridical cases with no links between the medium and living persons.’
      • ‘Cases of veridical and non-veridical perception can involve the same perceptual state, the same sensation.’
      • ‘His sense of self-preservation requires his conception to be veridical, and is threatened when it is disconfirmed.’
      • ‘They could also be after-images, hypnagogic imagery, or memory images with subliminal material that was not veridical.’
      • ‘But there was no assumption that this was a veridical model of reality.’
      • ‘And this conflict does not disappear when we move from veridical perceptions of natural facts to veridical perceptions of social facts.’
      • ‘Searle's ontology contains, implicitly, a distinction between veridical and illusory we-intentions.’
      • ‘In fact, says Bayle, even granting that God is veridical, Descartes's proof of the external world itself is flawed.’
      • ‘But with respect to conditions of satisfaction for veridical perceptions and true beliefs, it is the other way round.’
      • ‘This criterion presupposes that the protocol algorithm is veridical.’
      • ‘Less aggressive children, on the other hand, may have been more veridical in their self-descriptions.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin veridicus (from verus ‘true’ + dicere ‘say’) + -al.