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adjective plau·si·ble \ˈplȯ-zə-bəl\

Simple Definition of plausible

  • : possibly true : believable or realistic

Full Definition of plausible

  1. 1 :  superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious <a plausible pretext>

  2. 2 :  superficially pleasing or persuasive <a swindler… , then a quack, then a smooth, plausible gentleman — R. W. Emerson>

  3. 3 :  appearing worthy of belief <the argument was both powerful and plausible>

plau·si·ble·ness noun
plau·si·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of plausible

  1. 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

  2. … I'd mastered the quick size-up. Does the person seem agreeable over coffee at the drugstore counter and picking up his mail at the post office, drive a plausible vehicle, and know the weather forecast? —Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007

  3. Now, two NASA scientists, both also astronauts, suggest a simpler, safer, and much more plausible way of diverting an offending asteroid. Their method relies on the gravitational tug of a massive, unmanned spacecraft to pull the rock away from a damaging rendezvous with Earth. —R. Cowen, Science News, 12 Nov. 2005

  4. … string theorists can exhibit plausible models of a unified Universe, but unfortunately they cannot explain why we inhabit a particular one. —Michael Atiyah, Nature, 22-29 Dec. 2005

  5. <it's a plausible explanation for the demise of that prehistoric species>

Origin of plausible

Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere

First Known Use: 1565

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