im·​plau·​si·​ble (ˌ)im-ˈplȯ-zə-bəl How to pronounce implausible (audio)
: not plausible : provoking disbelief
implausibility noun
implausibly 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of implausible was circa 1677

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“Implausible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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im·​plau·​si·​ble (ˈ)im-ˈplȯ-zə-bəl How to pronounce implausible (audio)
: causing disbelief : not plausible
implausibility noun
implausibly adverb

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