From Latin vērisimilis, prop. vērī similis (“having the appearance of truth”), from vērī, genitive of vērus (“true”) + similis (“like, similar”); see very and similar.
verisimilar (comparative more verisimilar, superlative most verisimilar)
- Appearing to be true or real; probable; likely.
- 2012, Matthew Adams, ‘Losing It’, Literary Review, 401:
- Joyce's objection was founded in [...] a reaction to the doggedly linear, heavily patterned artifice of the nineteenth-century novel, the verisimilar credentials of which existed – so, at any rate, the argument runs – in inverse proportion to the conventionality of its narrative style.
- (fiction) Faithful to its own rules; internally consistent.