- having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable: a plausible excuse; a plausible plot.
- well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust: a plausible commentator.
Origin of plausible
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Examples from the Web for plausibility
But I can comment on a few aspects of the plausibility of the story.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?
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Right now the first key to assessing the plausibility of this discovery is: what would float and what would not?Mysterious Debris Near Australia Looks like MH370’s Wing
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So plausibility doesn't always matter—except when it's the characters who suddenly seem implausible.‘Breaking Bad’s’ Latest Episode, “Confessions,” Epitomizes the Show’s Highs and Lows
August 26, 2013
The plausibility of an Alawite enclave, meanwhile, has been a subject for debate.‘Scorched Earth’ Tactics Feared in Assad Fight With Rebels
October 2, 2012
There was a plausibility in all he said; but, if it were examined, there was nothing in it but nonsense.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
"Yes," Duncan admitted, half-persuaded of the plausibility of the scheme.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
All such theories have a kind of plausibility from their partial agreement with experience.The Republic
All things considered, there seems to be most plausibility in the third hypothesis.Hindu Gods And Heroes
Lionel D. Barnett
Plausibility has ended; empty Routine has ended; much has ended.
- apparently reasonable, valid, truthful, etca plausible excuse
- apparently trustworthy or believablea plausible speaker
Word Origin and History for plausibility
1540s, "acceptable, agreeable," from Latin plausibilis "deserving applause, acceptable," from plaus-, past participle stem of plaudere "to applaud" (see plaudit). Meaning "having the appearance of truth" is recorded from 1560s. Related: Plausibly.