- 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 plausibly
By a large margin, it's the youngest women they believe they can plausibly nab.Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours
October 6, 2014
Without Shazam, you can plausibly take credit for having written and performed any song you happen to hear on the radio.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
Keep your hand raised if you actually live in a state that might plausibly elect a Republican to congress.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work
April 23, 2013
He limits the playing field of peacemaking to what he thinks would be “plausibly acceptable” to the parties today.When Peace Seems Impossible: A Response to Hussein Ibish
May 21, 2012
They have to be plausibly acceptable to all parties that would need to agree in order for them to be realized.Beware "Creative Alternatives"
May 17, 2012
"I'm talking to you as I would to my niece, you know," he added, plausibly.The Market-Place
The imitative or "illusionist" picture pleads its case most plausibly.The Enjoyment of Art
"Toil has brought you up from the ruck of things," Reason would have plausibly said.This Simian World
It was plausibly written, and gave a plausible excuse for his absence.How It All Came Round
L. T. Meade
No one has plausibly explained how they came by their office.Milton
Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
- apparently reasonable, valid, truthful, etca plausible excuse
- apparently trustworthy or believablea plausible speaker
Word Origin and History for plausibly
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.