plausible


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to plausible: Plausible deniability

plau·si·ble

 (plô′zə-bəl)
adj.
1. Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
2. Persuasive or ingratiating, especially in an effort to deceive.

[Latin plausibilis, deserving applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere, to applaud.]

plau′si·bil′i·ty, plau′si·ble·ness n.
plau′si·bly adv.
Synonyms: plausible, believable, credible
These adjectives mean appearing to merit belief or acceptance: a plausible pretext; a believable excuse; a credible assertion.

plausible

(ˈplɔːzəbəl)
adj
1. apparently reasonable, valid, truthful, etc: a plausible excuse.
2. apparently trustworthy or believable: a plausible speaker.
[C16: from Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plaudere to applaud]
ˌplausiˈbility, ˈplausibleness n
ˈplausibly adv

plau•si•ble

(ˈplɔ zə bəl)

adj.
1. having an appearance of truth or reason; credible; believable: a plausible excuse.
2. well-spoken and apparently worthy of confidence: a plausible commentator.
[1535–45; < Latin plausibilis deserving applause <plausus (past participle of plaudere to applaud)]
plau`si•bil′i•ty, n.
plau′si•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.plausible - apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful; "a plausible excuse"
believable, credible - capable of being believed; "completely credible testimony"; "credible information"
implausible - having a quality that provokes disbelief; "gave the teacher an implausible excuse"
2.plausible - given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments; "a plausible liar"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

plausible

plausible

adjective
Worthy of being believed:
Translations
شِبْه مَعْقولمَقْبول، مُقْنِع لكنه غَيْر مَوثوق
přijatelnýtvářící se důvěryhodně
plausibelrimeligtroværdig
uskottava
sannfæranditrúanlegur
apsimestinai meilus
šķietami īstsspējīgs iedvest ticamībuticams
aanneembaaraannemelijk
tváriaci sa hodnoverne
rimlig
akla yakınmantıklıyanıltıcı söz söylemekte usta

plausible

[ˈplɔːzəbl] ADJ [argument etc] → verosímil, plausible; [person] → convincente

plausible

[ˈplɔːzɪbəl] adj
[explanation, statement, story] → plausible
[person] → convaincant(e)

plausible

adjplausibel; argument alsoeinleuchtend; story, excuse alsoglaubwürdig, glaubhaft; liargut, geschickt; manner, personüberzeugend

plausible

[ˈplɔːzəbl] adj (argument, story) → plausibile, credibile; (person) → convincente

plausible

(ˈploːzəbl) adjective
1. seeming reasonable or convincing. a plausible excuse.
2. clever at talking persuasively but not to be trusted. a plausible fellow.
References in classic literature ?
I do not pretend to plead the immunities of my order so highly as this; but neither will I allow that the author of a modern antique romance is obliged to confine himself to the introduction of those manners only which can be proved to have absolutely existed in the times he is depicting, so that he restrain himself to such as are plausible and natural, and contain no obvious anachronism.
I wish you could get Reginald home again on any plausible pretence; he is not at all disposed to leave us, and I have given him as many hints of my father's precarious state of health as common decency will allow me to do in my own house.
I gave him a short account of some particulars, and made my story as plausible and consistent as I could; but I thought it necessary to disguise my country, and call myself a Hollander; because my intentions were for Japan, and I knew the Dutch were the only Europeans permitted to enter into that kingdom.
This objection is plausible, and, to Spacelanders, almost irresistible, so that, I confess, when I first heard it, I knew not what to reply.
But if one could be certain of nothing in dealing with creatures so incalculable as human beings, there were explanations of Blanche Stroeve's behaviour which were at all events plausible.
Seeing his gloomy face as he frowned at his wife, the officers grew still merrier, and some of them could not refrain from laughter, for which they hurriedly sought plausible pretexts.
Barbicane had evidently hit upon the only plausible reason of this deviation.
if he were groping about in his little mind for something plausible and not too grotesque.
But the bodings of the crew were destined to receive a most plausible confirmation in the fate of one of their number that morning.
Specious arguments of danger to the common liberty could easily be contrived; plausible excuses for the deficiencies of the party could, without difficulty, be invented to alarm the apprehensions, inflame the passions, and conciliate the good-will, even of those States which were not chargeable with any violation or omission of duty.
But this last theory, plausible as it was, could not stand against inquiries made in both worlds.
The physician with his theory, rather obtained from than corrected by experiments on the human constitution; the pious, self- denying, laborious, and ill-paid missionary; the half-educated, litigious, envious, and disreputable lawyer, with his counterpoise, a brother of the profession, of better origin and of better character; the shiftless, bargaining, discontented seller of his “betterments;” the plausible carpenter, and most of the others, are more familiar to all who have ever dwelt in a new country.