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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Definitions for verisimilar

  1. having the appearance of truth; likely; probable: a verisimilar tale.

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Citations for verisimilar
We may sense in the increasing pressure to produce novels that are lifelike, probably, verisimilar, an effort to tie the Novel down, to clip its wings so that it will not be guilty of the extravagances of moral imagining. Margaret Anne Doody, The True Story of the Novel, 1996
“He just took over the set,” Mr. Gansa said, “he showed us exactly what the lawyer would be doing, exactly where the meeting would take place, who would be waiting for whom. It made it feel verisimilar in a way we never could have done on our own.” Liz Robbins, "He Didn't Like 'Homeland.' Now He's Advising It." New York Times, March 12, 2017
Origin of verisimilar
1675-1685
Verisimilar comes from Latin Latin vērīsimil(is) (vērī, genitive singular of vērum “truth,” and similis “like”) and -ar, a suffix with the general sense “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of.” It entered English in the late 1600s.