im·plau·si·ble | \(ˌ)im-ˈplȯ-zə-bəl \

Definition of implausible 

: not plausible : provoking disbelief

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Other Words from implausible

implausibility \(ˌ)im-ˌplȯ-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
implausibly \(ˌ)im-ˈplȯ-zə-blē \ 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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The most implausible, most impossible move imaginable in world football was made official on Tuesday afternoon, when Real Madrid permitted Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the Spanish capital for Turin., "Twitter Melts Down as Ronaldo Agrees Move from Real Madrid to Italian Giants Juventus," 10 July 2018 Perhaps the numbers will turn around again, but at this point the commonly discussed (among Republicans, anyway) idea that 2018 would turn out to be a good GOP year after all seems implausible. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Look Good Again on Key Midterm Polling Numbers," 12 July 2018 Yes, the plot is contrived, and implausible, and full of masks and identity thefts, but the film aggressively owns its premise., "Mission Impossible: Fallout Is As Wild & Fun As Henry Cavill's Mustache," 12 July 2018 One minor quibble is that, despite the considerable evidence that Mr. Tucker marshals, his recipe for imbuing central banks with legitimacy seems implausible. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "‘Unelected Power’ Review: Monetary Mavericks," 27 June 2018 Since then, art fans, bloggers and amateur genealogists alike have delved into the implausible back story of the reclusive, pack-rat nanny. Jason Meisner,, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Rolling Stone and Variety, without naming their sources, reported that Buckingham had been fired — a not-implausible development in light of the band's tumultuous 50-year history. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac — again," 10 Apr. 2018 Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote Tuesday's decision, said the appeals court reading of federal law is implausible, amounting to a re-writing of the relevant statutes. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Supreme Court upholds government power to detain immigrants without bail," 27 Feb. 2018 Naked empowerment fantasies are exhilarating, a little shameful, and obviously implausible. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of implausible

: not believable or realistic : not plausible

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