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 capture and impact scenarios are implausible for such a large moon, Kipping said. Mike Wall,, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018 Julie Swetnick’s sordid and implausible claims were to be left out, and if any new allegations against Judge Kavanaugh were to emerge, these also wouldn’t be investigated. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Kristi Remington, WSJ, "Kavanaugh’s Foes Politicize the FBI," 1 Oct. 2018 The report raises these scenarios but systemically rules them out as implausible. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Did the Pilot Do it? Final MH370 Report Revives Suspicions of Foul Play," 31 July 2018 Kurt Cobain spun out, a white Bronco cut loose, and a sitcom about six friends with an implausible New York apartment hit the air. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best New Perfumes Capture the Zeitgeist, From #MeToo to Wellness Mania," 25 Aug. 2018 In Time, seemed even a shade more implausible than the exuberant fantasy of the book itself. Robert Newhouse, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Gets Candid About the Moment Ava DuVernay Cast Her in "A Wrinkle in Time"," 16 Aug. 2018 This, in itself, is highly implausible, but McCarten nudges it further into the realms of fiction by having a young black Londoner step forward and finish Churchill’s recitation with flawless perfection. Giles Milton, Time, "One Important Difference Between Gary Oldman's Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and the Real Prime Minister," 2 Mar. 2018 Critics see the use of Section 232 as capricious and say the 12 million cars produced in the U.S. last year by American and foreign-owned operations makes the national security argument implausible. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "Trump Identifies His Trade Weapon of Choice, to the Dismay of Congress," 24 May 2018 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

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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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