- (literary theory) verisimilitude
- 2002, Jonathan D. Culler, Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature:
- Recognition of this first level of vraisemblance need not depend on the claim that reality is a convention produced by language.
- 2017, Karin Kukkonen, A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel, page 6:
- The notion of vraisemblance, “in whose name all the literary battles were fought, is at the root of all criticism” (Bray 1931, 192; c'est en son nom que se livrent toutes les batailles littéraires, elle est à la base de toutes les critiques). Derived from Aristotle's "probable," in the rediscovery of the Poetics in Renaissance Italy, vraisemblance takes the key hierarchical position in seventeenth-century neoclassicism and maintains it until well into the eighteenth century.