from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Truthful; veracious: veridical testimony.
  • adj. Coinciding with future events or apparently unknowable present realities: a veridical hallucination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. True.
  • adj. Pertaining to an experience, perception, or interpretation that accurately represents reality; as opposed to imaginative, unsubstantiated, illusory, or delusory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Truth-telling; truthful; veracious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Truth-telling; veracious; truthful.
  • True; being what it purports to be.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. coinciding with reality


From Latin vēridicus : vērus, true; + dīcere, to say.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin veridicus ("truly said"), from verus ("true") and dīcō ("I say"). (Wiktionary)


  • A problem with this response is that it relies on characterising the kind of psychological effect involved in hallucination in terms of what it is not, namely a veridical perception, and it is plausible to demand that it should be possible to provide some positive account of the kind of psychological effect involved when one hallucinates.

    Petty Injuries

  • His suggestion is that the disjunctivist should explain such experiences not by direct appeal to the idea of veridical perception of the impossible scene, but rather by explaining how an experience with each of the constituent elements is indiscriminible in that respect from a perception of that element.

    Petty Injuries

  • "veridical" -- the fault lying in the erroneous symbolic interpretation of the medium.

    The Problems of Psychical Research Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal

  • For since each such hallucination will be introspectively indiscriminible from the same kind of veridical perception, there will be no grounds for saying that these hallucinations have different phenomenal characters.

    Petty Injuries

  • The argument seems to proceed from two premises: (1) all the great religions are "veridical," and (2) none of them is more veridical than the others.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • What I retain from my MOD experience -- greatly reinforced by much that I have since read -- is that the 'phenomenon' is veridical and important

    Alejandro Rojas: UK UFO Files Show High Level Officials Were Concerned

  • Kim, H. and R. Cabeza, Trusting our memories: dissociating the neural correlates of confidence in veridical versus illusory memories.

    Srinivasan Pillay: Overcoming Parental Guilt: Perspectives From Brain Biology

  • Still, this book is not official in any sense and I am responsible for what it says, although I hope that Gellner's relations find its portrait veridical.

    'Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography'

  • This led to fortune-telling, veridical verifiable visions, conversations with the dead, and other paranormal phenomena.

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

  • The dramatic containment or management of its energies is never conclusive, but always a stop-gap round which more veridical energy can pour.

    Post-Secular Conviviality


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  • The first example is useless without full quote:

    "Yet, it will be observed, the message was, in its inception, wholly "veridical" — the fault lying in the erroneous symbolic interpretation of the medium."

    April 22, 2011