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plausible

Syllabification: plau·si·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈplôzəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of plausible in English:

adjective

1(Of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable: a plausible explanation it seems plausible that one of two things may happen
More example sentences
  • The chain comes to an end where neither your plausible responses nor mine change as the reasoning continues.
  • There is no plausible reason and explanation why the amount should be increased.
  • If they are representative, the only plausible answer is to consider their supposed ideology.
Synonyms
convincing, persuasive, cogent, sound, rational, logical, thinkable
1.1(Of a person) skilled at producing persuasive arguments, especially ones intended to deceive: a plausible liar
More example sentences
  • Of course, he's horribly plausible and a formidable election campaigner.
  • The Liberal Democrats might wake up, go out and at last find a plausible candidate for prime minister.
  • They had only got seconds to make up their mind because he was so plausible.

Origin

mid 16th century (also in the sense 'deserving applause or approval'): from Latin plausibilis, from plaus- 'applauded', from the verb plaudere.

Derivatives

plausibility

1
Pronunciation: /ˌplôzəˈbilitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Lengthy descriptive accounts were discussed by the authors to check plausibility and clinical relevance.
  • Her character is disarmingly logical and believable long after the film has abandoned all logic and plausibility.
  • Either response leads to problems of coherence and plausibility for Nietzsche's heirs.

plausibly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • There are very few, if any, potential parents who could plausibly be refused treatment on these grounds.
  • Last night's top quiz question was to arrange the three statements as plausibly as possible.
  • And if a patient was turned away, he might perhaps plausibly claim that his right to treatment had been violated.

Words that rhyme with plausible

implausible

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