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

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Everyone judges the plausibility of a movie through a different lens. David Pogue, Scientific American, "How Well Do Movies Predict Our Tech Future?," 1 Jan. 2018 The Oprah-for-president boom had a surface plausibility. Richard Skinner, Vox, "Is Trump making celebrity candidates less likely?," 26 Oct. 2018 The plausibility of his idea is a matter of debate. ConcepciÓn De LeÓn, New York Times, "The Redemption of Chris Hughes," 21 Feb. 2018 The intensity of belief on the right has begun to vary inversely with plausibility. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 This one doesn't even reach any level of plausibility for a federal judge. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 Just as the The Handmaid's Tale was criticized for glossing over any real discussion of race in its dystopian world, the plausibility of the Purge's premise is completely undermined by this omission., "How Does The First Purge Deal With Sexual Assault?," 6 July 2018 In part this is simply because the president traffics incessantly in lies, with little regard for consistency or plausibility. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 Now plausibility has turned into reality, thanks to new technology coming out of MIT. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "MIT just invented X-ray vision—sort of," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of plausibility

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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