im·​plau·​si·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈplȯ-zə-bəl How to pronounce implausible (audio) \

Definition of implausible

: not plausible : provoking disbelief

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implausibility \ (ˌ)im-​ˌplȯ-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce implausibility (audio) \ noun
implausibly \ (ˌ)im-​ˈplȯ-​zə-​blē How to pronounce implausibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of implausible in a Sentence

She's been making implausible claims. He gave an implausible excuse for showing up late for work. The novel has an implausible ending.
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Recent Examples on the Web Impossible’s primary meatless rival—the also-implausible Beyond Burger—were at Denny’s, Dunkin’, and the Marriott. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appétit, "I Tried to Recreate the Impossible Burger Because Now Is the Time for Absurdist Cooking," 13 May 2020 My favorite is The Likeness, a delightfully implausible tale involving doppelgängers, murderous graduate students, and an old Georgian house full of secrets. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Media We're Consuming During Social Distancing," 23 Mar. 2020 Multiple regional and security experts told the Monitor that the allegation seems implausible. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "One American Uyghur’s vow: ‘I should’ve gone public a long time ago.’," 1 Apr. 2020 At its best, though, science fiction is a brilliant vehicle for exploring not the far future or the scientifically implausible but the interactions among science, technology and society. Zeynep Tufekci, Scientific American, "The Adolescent Spacefaring Dreams of Tech Billionaires," 1 Dec. 2019 The Kremlin has denied involvement, while state propaganda channels have spread a raft of implausible and often conflicting versions blaming anyone but Russia. James Marson, WSJ, "Putin Says Accused Skripal Attackers Are Civilians," 12 Sep. 2018 And thus unfolds a nice, relaxing evening of Jim and Kimmy plotting to ruin Howard's life, one increasingly implausible plan at a time., "Better Call Saul finale recap: Goodnight, Lalo," 21 Apr. 2020 Moreover, the idea that $500,000 in Klein’s salary alone would have made any meaningful difference to Paradigm’s lenders is implausible to say the least. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Paradigm calls former agent’s allegations of company funds paying for prostitutes ‘pure fabrication’," 9 Apr. 2020 Some of the accusations were implausible; others were all too real. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of implausible

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of implausible was circa 1677

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23 May 2020

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“Implausible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of implausible

: not believable or realistic : not plausible

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