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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Verisimilitude'

Verisimilitude Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    verisimilitude n : the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
Verisimilitude Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Verisimilitude \Ver`i*si*mil"i*tude\, n. [L. verisimilitudo: cf. OF. verisimilitude. See Verisimilar.] The quality or state of being verisimilar; the appearance of truth; probability; likelihood. Verisimilitude and opinion are an easy purchase; but true knowledge is dear and difficult. --Glanvill. All that gives verisimilitude to a narrative. --Sir. W. Scott.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Verisimilitude'

Verisimilitude (or truthlikeness) is the quality of realism in something (such as film, literature, the arts, etc).

The problem of verisimilitude is the problem of articulating what it takes for one false theory to be closer to the truth than another false theory. This problem was central to the philosophy of Karl Popper, largely because Popper was among the first to affirm that truth is the aim of scientific inquiry while acknowledging that most of the greatest scientific theories in the history of science are, strictly speaking, false. If this long string of purportedly false theories is to constitute progress with respect to the goal of truth then it must be at least possible for one false theory to be closer to the truth than others.

Popper assumed that scientists are interested in highly informative theories, in part for methodological reasons — the more informative a theory, the easier it is to test, and the greater its predictive power. But clearly informative power by itself is rather easy to come by, and we do not want to gain content by sacrificing truths. So Popper proposed that closeness to the truth is a function of two factors — truth and content. The more truths that a theory entails (other things being equal) the closer it is to the truth.

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* Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative. - W. S. Gilbert

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