from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of appearing to be true or real. See Synonyms at truth.
- n. Something that has the appearance of being true or real.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the property of seeming true, of resembling reality; resemblance to reality, realism
- n. a statement which merely appears to be true
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being verisimilar; the appearance of truth; probability; likelihood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of being verisimilar; the appearance of truth; probability; likelihood: as, the verisimilitude of a story.
- n. That which is verisimilar; that which has the appearance of a verity or fact.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
In science fiction this verisimilitude is achieved by using explanations, (or simply terms and phrases that hint of explanations) that fit into the scientific world-view: 'hyperspace' is a valid setting for a science fiction scene, but 'heaven' is not.
Where the story of the Guardians lacks in verisimilitude and its painfully similarity to the plot of Avatar (the plight of the Ga'Hoole tree dwellers cum Na'vi tree of life), it makes up for in being a fulfilling excuse for 3-D.
The effectiveness lies in verisimilitude, and this is a vital point.
Thirdly, verisimilitude is a very slippery concept philosophically speaking anyway.
Firstly, verisimilitude is a scientific value, one deeply embedded in the philosophy of science and crudely defined for SF as the desire to write a piece where everything is technically correct from the standpoint of contemporary scientific theory.
"Negotiation and solidarity are the twin subjects of this quietly impressive docudrama, and Mungiu's commitment to verisimilitude is so scrupulous that he deliberately introduces the equivalent of Chekhov's famed gun without the slightest intention of providing a final-act payoff."
You have to admire any woman who uses the word verisimilitude correctly, and I'm not just saying that because she reads the blog and I want to have sex with her.
In my experience, the key feature here is "verisimilitude"--the illusion of truth.
45These discontinuities should not be considered "flaws" in verisimilitude; rather, they disclose that the prerogative of the studioli, like Cusa's religious icon, was to strike — even unsettle — the emotions of its observers.
To say that fiction is artifice will cause no controversy, and at its best Wood’s book serves as an ingenious examination of some of the methods by which such artifice is created; but Wood’s latter claim, that fiction is rooted in verisimilitude, is considerably more divisive, and it is an argument to which Wood returns again and again throughout the book, to worry at its edges.