Definition of plausible
1 : superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious a plausible pretext
2 : superficially pleasing or persuasive a swindler … , then a quack, then a smooth, plausible gentleman — R. W. Emerson
3 : appearing worthy of belief the argument was both powerful and plausible
plausiblyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of plausible in a sentence
I watch the ospreys who nest on Perch Island high atop their white spruce. Our sense of a plausible summer depends much on their diligent success at nest-building and procreation, and on their chicks fledging in late August. —Richard Ford, Wall Street Journal, 14-15 June 2008
… I'd mastered the quick size-up. Does the person seem agreeable over coffee at the drugstore counter and picking up his mail at the post office, drive a plausible vehicle, and know the weather forecast? —Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007
Now, two NASA scientists, both also astronauts, suggest a simpler, safer, and much more plausible way of diverting an offending asteroid. Their method relies on the gravitational tug of a massive, unmanned spacecraft to pull the rock away from a damaging rendezvous with Earth. —R. Cowen, Science News, 12 Nov. 2005
… string theorists can exhibit plausible models of a unified Universe, but unfortunately they cannot explain why we inhabit a particular one. —Michael Atiyah, Nature, 22-29 Dec. 2005
it's a plausible explanation for the demise of that prehistoric species
Recent Examples of plausible from the web
Without a plausible story, Bradley could be in serious trouble.
A plausible motive would be shielding her activities from public scrutiny.
But in the event that the election got close, Clinton would have a lot of options, and all of them seem pretty plausible to me: New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, Florida and North Carolina.
But recently, a number of philosophers, futurists, science-fiction writers, and technologists—people who share a near-religious faith in technological progress—have come to believe that the simulation argument is not just plausible, but inescapable.
Barely plausible, to have told him that this one case, among so many others, could affect her so intimately.
Why isn't that just as plausible an interpretation of recent events?
Others seemed, at least at the time, plausible and serious (Ed Muskie, Howard Baker, Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Birch Bayh).
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Did You Know?
Today the word plausible usually means "reasonable" or "believable," but it once held the meanings "worthy of being applauded" and "approving." It comes to us from the Latin adjective plausibilis ("worthy of applause"), which in turn derives from the verb plaudere, meaning "to applaud or clap." Other "plaudere" descendants in English include "applaud," "plaudit" (the earliest meaning of which was "a round of applause"), and "explode" (from Latin explodere, meaning "to drive off the stage by clapping).
Origin and Etymology of plausible
Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere
First Known Use: 1565
PLAUSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plausible for English Language Learners
: possibly true : believable or realistic
PLAUSIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of plausible for Students
: seeming to be reasonable a plausible excuse
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