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Appearing to be true or real; probable.

[From Latin vērīsimilis : vērī, genitive of vērum, truth (from neuter sing. of vērus, true; see wērə-o- in Indo-European roots) + similis, similar; see similar.]

ver′i·sim′i·lar·ly adv.
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(ˌvɛrɪˈsɪmɪlə) or


appearing to be true; probable; likely
[C17: from Latin vērīsimilis, from vērus true + similis like]
ˌveriˈsimilarly adv
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(ˌvɛr əˈsɪm ə lər)

having the appearance of truth; likely; probable.
[1675–85; < Latin vērīsimil(is) (vērī, genitive singular of vērum truth + similis like) + -ar1]
ver`i•sim′i•lar•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.verisimilar - appearing to be true or real; "a verisimilar tale"
probable, likely - likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"
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