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 Audiences are adept at evaluating a movie in terms of its core elements, such as plot cohesion, character plausibility and thematic focus. Michael Saler, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 The movie has every right to be fiction, but the heart of its drama lies in its patina of plausibility. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 Convincing every conservative to work voluntarily toward anti-Semitic policies lacks plausibility. WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 But some theories came with a patina of plausibility. Stephan Lewandowsky, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2022 Indeed, some hate-watched the series to point out flaws, or question the plausibility of certain storylines or character decisions. Amber Dowling, Variety, 28 Dec. 2021 The island has long been split over the missile deployment, but the growing plausibility of a Taiwan conflict has stoked existential fears. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 One additional security consideration concerns the plausibility of access. Kevin Korte, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 But there is an emotional relationship, an intense one, and the very plausibility of it is rooted in the experience of work, which makes Gary, an otherwise goofball adolescent with a gift of worldly gab, fascinating to Alana. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plausibility

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2022

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“Plausibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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