im·​plau·​si·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈplȯ-zə-bəl How to pronounce implausible (audio) \

Definition of implausible

: not plausible : provoking disbelief

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But Mort’s strained efforts to get to know Jo, combined with the performers’ utter lack of chemistry and the contrivances of Anaya’s role, make for an awkward and implausible series of scenes. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Mariner has criticized Cherfilus-McCormick's idea as expensive and implausible. Steve Contorno, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 The arrangements typically include implausible risks covered, non-arm's-length pricing, or lack of business purpose. Carrie Brandon Elliott, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, said on stage that there would be a prize of $54 million for any player who could hit an implausible 54 at a LIV event. Rob Harris, Chicago Tribune, 11 June 2022 All of a sudden, Jurassic World went from what some would call implausible to prescient, and that very sentiment was expressed numerous times across social media. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2022 This is a summer blockbuster in the classic style -- its action sequences suitably implausible but still connected to the realities of skin and steel and sky; its breezy dialogue and ... Ross Douthat, National Review, 9 June 2022 But easily the most implausible member of the Warriors’ core these days is someone who had spent his entire career in the hinterlands of the NBA. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 27 May 2022 The demand for coherence is the reason stories that seem obscure and implausible in themselves come to feel like common sense even to people who are neither murderous nor crazy. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of implausible

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

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“Implausible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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