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verisimilitude

[ ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˌvɛr ə sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /
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noun

the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.
something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.

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Origin of verisimilitude

1595–1605; <Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdōsimilitude
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British Dictionary definitions for verisimilitude

verisimilitude
/ (ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true
something that merely seems to be true or real, such as a doubtful statement

Word Origin for verisimilitude

C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdō similitude
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