plausible


plau·si·ble

adjective \ˈpl-zə-bəl\

: possibly true : believable or realistic

Full Definition of PLAUSIBLE

1
:  superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious <a plausible pretext>
2
:  superficially pleasing or persuasive <a swindler… , then a quack, then a smooth, plausible gentleman — R. W. Emerson>
3
:  appearing worthy of belief <the argument was both powerful and plausible>
plau·si·ble·ness noun
plau·si·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of PLAUSIBLE

  1. <it's a plausible explanation for the demise of that prehistoric species>
  2. I watch the ospreys who nest on Perch Island high atop their white spruce. Our sense of a plausible summer depends much on their diligent success at nest-building and procreation, and on their chicks fledging in late August. —Richard Ford, Wall Street Journal, 14-15 June 2008

Origin of PLAUSIBLE

Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere
First Known Use: 1565

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