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Meaning of PLAUSIBLE

Pronunciation:  'plozubul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  appearing to merit belief or acceptance; "a credible witness"; "a plausible story"
  2. [adj]  within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse"; "a plausible story"
  3. [adj]  likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"
  4. [adj]  apparently reasonable and valid
 

PLAUSIBLE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: arguable, believable, convincing, credible, equiprobable, glib, likely, pat, presumed(a), presumptive, probable, slick, verisimilar
 
 Antonyms: implausible, improbable, unlikely
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Plau"si*ble\, a. [L. plausibilis praiseworthy, from
plaudere, plausum, to applaud, clap the hands, strike, beat.]
1. Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable;
   ready. [Obs.] --Bp. Hacket.

2. Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently
   right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible
   manners; a plausible delusion. ``Plausible and popular
   arguments.'' --Clarendon.

3. Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible
   speaker.



Syn: {Plausible}, {Specious}.

Usage: Plausible denotes that which seems reasonable, yet
       leaves distrust in the judgment. Specious describes
       that which presents a fair appearance to the view and
       yet covers something false. Specious refers more
       definitely to the act or purpose of false
       representation; plausible has more reference to the
       effect on the beholder or hearer. An argument may by
       specious when it is not plausible because its
       sophistry is so easily discovered.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: acceptable, admissible, apparent, apparently sound, believable, casuistic, cogent, cogitable, colorable, colored, conceivable, conceivably possible, contingent, credible, creditable, deceitful, deceptive, disingenuous, empty, fallacious, fiduciary, gilded, hollow, humanly possible, illusive, imaginable, insincere, jesuitic, just, justifiable, legitimate, likely, logical, meretricious, misleading, ostensible, overrefined, oversubtle, philosophistic, possible, potential, presentable, probable, rational, reasonable, reliable, sane, seeming, sensible, smooth, sophistic, sophistical, sound, specious, tenable, thinkable, tinsel, trustworthy, trusty, unexceptionable, unimpeachable, unquestionable, well-argued, well-founded, well-grounded, wholesome, worthy of faith
 

 

 

 

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