[ plaw-zuh-buhl ]
/ ˈplɔ zə bəl /


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.



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Origin of plausible

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin plausibilis “deserving applause,” equivalent to plaus(us) (past participle of plaudere “to applaud” + -ibilis adjective suffix; see origin at applaud, -ible

synonym study for plausible

1. Plausible, specious describe that which has the appearance of truth but might be deceptive. The person or thing that is plausible strikes the superficial judgment favorably; it may or may not be true: a plausible argument (one that cannot be verified or believed in entirely). Specious definitely implies deceit or falsehood; the surface appearances are quite different from what is beneath: a specious pretense of honesty; a specious argument (one deliberately deceptive, probably for selfish or evil purposes).

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British Dictionary definitions for plausible

/ (ˈplɔːzəbəl) /


apparently reasonable, valid, truthful, etca plausible excuse
apparently trustworthy or believablea plausible speaker

Derived forms of plausible

plausibility or plausibleness, nounplausibly, adverb

Word Origin for plausible

C16: from Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plaudere to applaud
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