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credible, plausible, likely, tenable, able to hold water, conceivable, imaginable, convincing, creditable, probable, possible, feasible, reasonable, rational, sound, within the bounds of possibility, with a ring of truth
believable, cogent, convincing, credible, creditable, plausible, valid
Believable is the most general of these terms, used to describe anything we accept as true, even in the absence of absolute proof (a believable story about why she was late). Credible also means worthy of belief or confidence and is often used interchangeably with believable, but it goes one step further: a credible excuse is one that is supported by known facts. Creditable, often confused with credible, at one time meant worthy of belief but nowadays is used to mean respectable or decent, deserving of honor, reputation, or esteem (leading a creditable life). Something that is convincing is believable because it overcomes doubts or opposition (a convincing performance), while something that is plausible may appear to be convincing or believable on the surface, but may not be so upon closer examination. Valid means legally sound, just, or authoritative; a valid criticism seldom provokes opposition. Cogent, on the other hand, means having the power to convince; a cogent argument is believable because of its clear, forceful, or incisive presentation.

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  • Believable — Be*liev a*ble, a. Capable of being believed; credible. {Be*liev a*ble*ness}, n. {Be*liev a*bil i*ty}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • believable — I adjective conceivable, convincing, credential, credible, creditable, dependable, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, irrefragable, irrefutable, likely, persuasive, plausible, presumable, probable, reliable, sure, tenable …   Law dictionary

  • believable — late 14c., from BELIEVE (Cf. believe) + ABLE (Cf. able). Related: Believably …   Etymology dictionary

  • believable — credible, *plausible, colorable, specious Analogous words: *probable, possible, likely Antonyms: unbelievable Contrasted words: fabulous, mythical (see FICTITIOUS): *doubtful, dubious, questionable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • believable — [adj] trustworthy aboveboard, acceptable, authentic, colorable, conceivable, convincing, credential, credible, creditable, fiduciary, honest to God*, imaginable, impressive, likely, persuasive, plausible, possible, presumable, presumptive,… …   New thesaurus

  • believable — adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ find sth ADVERB ▪ very ▪ All the characters were very believable. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • believable — be|liev|a|ble [bıˈli:vəbəl] adj something that is believable can be believed because it seems possible, likely, or real ▪ a story with believable characters in it ▪ That scenario is entirely believable …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • believable — [[t]bɪli͟ːvəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is believable makes you think that it could be true or real. ...believable evidence... This book is full of believable, interesting characters. Ant: unbelievable …   English dictionary

  • believable — be|liev|a|ble [ bı livəbl ] adjective 1. ) seeming possible or true: PLAUSIBLE: Their story is hardly believable. 2. ) described in a way that makes you think something or someone could really exist: CONVINCING: The leading character in the film… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • believable — adjective something that is believable can be believed because it seems possible, likely, or real: What I like about the book is that the characters are all very believable. believably adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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