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  • adv. In a believable way.
  • adv. Used to express the speaker's assessment of the credibility of a reported statement.

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  • adv. in a believable manner
  • adv. easy to believe on the basis of available evidence


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believable +‎ -ly


  • It’s very difficult to write a sociopathic character believably from a first-person perspective.

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  • The only thing I see her playing believably is a Hooters waitress who’s constantly in trouble because her idea of flirting is telling the customers hour-long stories about her cats.


  • While reading, you get the innate sense of a clock ticking as time runs out, and the action scenes are written believably, which is often hard to do in novel.


  • The 14-year-old girl in the original was charmingly naive but determined to find her father's killer; she was believably played by an actress in her 'twenties.

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  • We saw Baltar found found a human monotheistic church and experience a religious renewal, a renewal which, believably, took a long time for him to accept in all its implications.

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  • Then there are other scenes that starkly (and believably) present the survivors 'new reality, which pulled me right back in again.

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  • She adds, believably: "It's not easy to leave a life as arduously rich and difficult as all that."

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  • This grueling post-apocalyptic National Book Award winner earns its scenes of menace and the odd expletive by believably conjuring a future in which people survive by scavenging materials from the rusting hulks of oil tankers.

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  • Picoult individualizes the alternating voices of the narrators more believably than she has previously, and weaves in subplots to underscore the themes of hope, regret, identity and family, leading up to her signature closing twists.

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  • Remember Geena Davis’ television series, Commander in Chief, in which she believably played the president of the United States and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress!

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