Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Verisimilitude

1. the semblance of truth.

2. the mere appearance of truth.

3. in the philosophy of Karl Popper, the acceptance of truthlikeness. Any theory thus has
(1) truth-content (a class of true propositions), and
(2) falsity-content (a class of the theory’s false consequences). A good theory, according to Popper, has a large body of the former while the latter class is empty.

Cf. principle of veracity.

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