plau·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌplȯ-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural plausibilities

Definition of plausibility 

1 : the quality or state of being plausible

2 : something plausible

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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 That many of them settled in the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir adds a patina of plausibility to this conspiratorial take. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Fear of Islam Leads India to Snub Refugees," 31 May 2018 Nations made charges and countercharges, claiming to have damning but secret evidence about each other’s conduct, with Russia in particular spinning an array of theories of varying degrees of plausibility. Richard PÉrez-peÑa And Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Chemical Arms Experts Blocked From Site of Syria Attack," 16 Apr. 2018 Audiences today still crave fantastical adventures but at the same time demand a greater degree of plausibility. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Marvel Comics Gets Inside the Heads of the Avengers," 21 Aug. 2014 Today, the impeachment of Donald Trump exists on the brink of plausibility. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Will the Fervor for Impeachment Start a Democratic Civil War?," 19 May 2018 Paragon missed even that window of plausibility by at least two years. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "How Epic’s Fortnite rose from the ashes of Paragon’s failure," 11 May 2018

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1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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