suspend (one's) disbelief

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suspend (one's) disbelief

To ignore or look past one's incredulity at the improbability of some piece of fiction, especially a film or video game, in order to better enjoy the experience of the work. I'm more than willing to suspend my disbelief a little for a cheesy action film. I find that I can never really suspend my disbelief when I watch a movie that's crammed full of CGI.
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suspend disbelief

To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
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It's a disarmingly pleasing book which invites readers to suspend their disbelief and simply enjoy the story telling.
Do they have to suspend their disbelief to the point of extinction as they watch a shallowly explicated action-drama 'resurrection'?
Anyone who has ever spent time with a toddler will know how they can so easily suspend their disbelief, so this is not so much a challenge for enquiring minds, it's seeing just how big and wild their imaginations can get.
I'd have probably stopped watching the show, should a character of his ilk have come along, knowing that it was basically guaranteed that his Democrat rival would win, given no-one could seriously expect an intelligent audience to suspend their disbelief enough to believe in a character like this - let alone believe that he could be elected President of the United States.
Tansley takes those who are willing to suspend their disbelief on a fairly enjoyable ride.
The addition of the seemingly supernatural "terror" afflicting victims seems like a stretch, but if readers can suspend their disbelief, they are in for a ride.
Hopefully that's what Mermaids allowed viewers to do...allowed them to suspend their disbelief", he told ABC News.
But the ease at which the voters forget they have ballot power and willingly suspend their disbelief on being ' bribed' by the politicos makes them appear as immature and naive as teens in love.
It's even a good laugh for older players who can shrug off years of jaded Disney dismissal and suspend their disbelief all over again.
THE American medical drama House has been a huge hit around the world, but a few British viewers struggle to suspend their disbelief when watching the show, simply because they still can't get used to Hugh Laurie doing an American accent.
It is one thing to ask people to suspend their disbelief when the intention is simply to entertain, but quite another to do it to sell anti-dandruff shampoo.
The dogs are terrific though older viewers will have to suspend their disbelief.
During the course of the story, Helen grows into someone listeners will respect and root for, especially as dramatized by Landor, whose multi-voiced performance adds dimension to all of the characters, keeps the pace moving briskly, and helps readers suspend their disbelief. Francine Levitov, Attny, New York, NY
Kids will love its hilarious consequences and intriguing plot; adults have to suspend their disbelief to enjoy the idea of children appreciating how tough it is being a responsible adult.
They asked the viewers to suspend their disbelief and accept that Den hadn't died and been buried back in 1989.