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Capable of eliciting belief or trust. See Synonyms at plausible.

be·liev′a·bil′i·ty n.
be·liev′a·bly adv.


  1. As full of shit as a Christmas goose —American colloquialism
  2. Believable as a declaration of eternal love from a call girl —Elyse Sommer
  3. Believable as a forced confession —Anon
  4. Believable as the testimony of a proven perjurer —Anon
  5. Giving up credibility in a free society is like giving up force in a totalitarian society —Mario M. Cuomo, commenting on President’s Special Review Board findings on Reagan Administration’s involvement in Iran-Contra affair, New York Times, March 1, 1987
  6. It’s [my growing cold towards him] unbelievable … as if I had suddenly waked and found this lake dried up and sunk in the ground —Anton Chekhov

    The comparison from Chekhov’s play, The Sea Gull refers to the relationship between two of the characters, Nina and Trepleff.

  7. Like a man who dreams he sees a friend run on him sword in hand, felt not pain so much as a wild incredulity —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  8. Shadowy and plausible as a ghost —W. D. Snodgrass
  9. Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in milk —Henry David Thoreau
  10. That this feeble, unintelligent old man was possessed of such power … seemed as impossible to believe as that he had once been a pink-and white baby —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. To tell a soldier defending his country that “This Is the War That Will End War” is exactly like telling a workman, naturally rather reluctant to do his day’s work, that “This Is the Work That Will End Work”—G. K. Chesterton

    See Also: ARMY

  12. Unimaginable as hate in heaven —John Milton

    The word ‘heaven’ has been modernized from ‘heav’n’ as it appeared in Paradise Lost.

  13. Unthinkable as an honest burglar —H. L. Mencken
  14. The whole idea was fantastic, like a polar bear in the Sahara desert —Ken Follett
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.believability - the quality of being believable or trustworthybelievability - the quality of being believable or trustworthy
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
authenticity, genuineness, legitimacy - undisputed credibility
rigour, validity, cogency, rigor - the quality of being valid and rigorous
plausibility, plausibleness - apparent validity
cred, street cred, street credibility - credibility among young fashionable urban individuals




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