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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)

  1. 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.
  2. (fiction) Faithful to its own rules; internally consistent.

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