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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Any longtime federal law enforcement official like Rosenstein would have found extremely implausible the notion that Comey would have accepted such an arrangement as a condition for remaining in his job. Murray Waas, The New York Review of Books, "What Rod Rosenstein Knew When He Helped Trump Fire Comey," 23 May 2019 Other claims about its decisive effect are implausible. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Is President Trump Illegitimate?," 20 July 2018 For her part, Page gave equally implausible answers when interviewed by Congress. John Fund, National Review, "FBI Lovebirds Is D.C. Satire at Its Best," 16 June 2019 If the emergence of a mass fascist movement seems implausible, what about the coups that haunted Latin America and southern Europe in the 1960s and 1970s? Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 What’s implausible is his continual denial that the 2009 report is real. Elaine Ayala,, "Castro, Doggett announce town hall on domestic violence in San Antonio," 6 June 2019 However implausible their pairing, Trump and May were bound by a similarity of circumstance. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 Another argues Ion Maiden’s protagonist Shelly Harrison is based off Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, which seems implausible given Shelly showed up in the previous game Bombshell as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Iron Maiden sues 3D Realms, Larian teases Baldur's Gate III," 31 May 2019 By the time Holmes appears, the implausible coincidences in the plot have begun tumbling over each other with such rapidity that the appearance of the English sleuth seems merely routine. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 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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