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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Other Words from implausible

implausibility \ (ˌ)im-​ˌplȯ-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce implausible (audio) \ noun
implausibly \ (ˌ)im-​ˈplȯ-​zə-​blē How to pronounce implausible (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 The highest estimate is 10,000, a staggering figure that is not, alas, implausible. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Last summer, this abrupt change by Stanford seemed implausible, particularly when the university repeatedly told the cut teams that the decision was final and that there would be no way the programs could fight for their own existence. New York Times, 18 May 2021 This may sound implausible, but the world wants plastics. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The unease that surrounded the vaccines had led to an overwhelming hesitancy, even among those who did not believe the more implausible elements of the conspiracy theories. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Doesn’t everyone get frustrated with the red herrings and the implausible twists and stalling along the way? Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 True, the writers designed yet another implausible parachute to get June out of a quick execution. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, an implausible development with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) and Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) — awaiting trial in Canada for their crimes against humanity — seems to be setting up another familiar showdown. Kristen Baldwin,, 23 Apr. 2021 The magically implausible friendship between the two remains the focus of this story. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Implausible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of implausible

: not believable or realistic : not plausible


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