plau·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌplȯ-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce plausibility (audio) \
plural plausibilities

Definition of plausibility

1 : the quality or state of being plausible
2 : something plausible

Examples of plausibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Better to acknowledge the facts and test the theory’s plausibility. Michael Segal, WSJ, "Facebook’s Censors and the Ingredients List," 22 Dec. 2020 And selling judges on the plausibility of a future that never occurred is the hard part. Brian Fung, CNN, "The legal battle to break up Facebook is underway. Now comes the hard part," 10 Dec. 2020 This particular genre demands two (potentially contradictory) qualities, plausibility and unpredictability. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Last Night I Dreamed I Watched a Better Movie," 8 Nov. 2020 Maybe the people who want to believe that the election was stolen are going to believe it regardless of the evidence or plausibility. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "Don't panic: Democracy is holding up," 4 Nov. 2020 Coleman, 24, was the most recent hope at bridging the plausibility gap, recording the world’s fastest times in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The elusive, illicit pursuit of speed," 27 Oct. 2020 Elizondo’s stories certainly gave the DIA executive’s conclusions a whiff of plausibility. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Tom DeLonge’s Warped UFO Tour," 10 Aug. 2020 All McLaughlin needed, according to Eisen, was plausibility, a connection, and a good hook to gain the community's trust. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "#MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19," 4 Aug. 2020 The whole thing is a wild concept, hinging on the plausibility of every character’s motivations, which are all a bit squishy. cleveland, "’Inheritance’ works off an equation that produces mixed results (review)," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of plausibility

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Dec 2020

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“Plausibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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