Definition of plausible in English:

plausible

adjective

  • 1(of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable.

    ‘a plausible explanation’
    ‘it seems plausible that one of two things may happen’
    • ‘The only plausible reason appears to lie in the quantity of kebabs which are prepared here each day.’
    • ‘In the present state of our knowledge delle Vida's argument is plausible but not decisive.’
    • ‘Reddin makes a plausible argument that they were also the beginning of Wild West shows.’
    • ‘A reasoning becomes plausible if it is logical and if there is empirical support.’
    • ‘Kurt knew what the homework was, he just wanted a plausible reason to talk to Lester.’
    • ‘There is no definite answer, but if the question itself is analysed a plausible answer might be found.’
    • ‘Schopenhauer has a very clear and plausible answer: location in space and time.’
    • ‘Rough weather and running out of diesel are not very plausible reasons.’
    • ‘There is no plausible reason and explanation why the amount should be increased.’
    • ‘I can't imagine any plausible reason to think that the CIA had a hand in this, however indirectly.’
    • ‘If they are representative, the only plausible answer is to consider their supposed ideology.’
    • ‘Only the public service side has a plausible argument for public money.’
    • ‘Martin had a way of making a very plausible argument for resettling the Karma circle back on it's axis.’
    • ‘These are all plausible objections to globalization as the defining element in contemporary order.’
    • ‘They have plausible arguments to put forward, and these we must try to answer.’
    • ‘The chain comes to an end where neither your plausible responses nor mine change as the reasoning continues.’
    • ‘There is a plausible argument for the respondent on the following lines.’
    • ‘The conclusion must be reached that it is bad management on your part unless there is some other more plausible reason.’
    • ‘Each version of the letters gives plausible reasons as to why the sender wants the money holding in a British account.’
    • ‘This is a fairly plausible rationalist explanation of how magic can work.’
    credible, reasonable, believable, likely, feasible, probable, tenable, possible, conceivable, imaginable, within the bounds of possibility, convincing, persuasive, cogent, sound, rational, logical, acceptable, thinkable
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) skilled at producing persuasive arguments, especially ones intended to deceive.
      ‘a plausible liar’
      • ‘The people involved in this scam are very plausible but they are not qualified tradesmen.’
      • ‘In every case they are very plausible and gain the confidence of a trusting generation.’
      • ‘The Liberal Democrats might wake up, go out and at last find a plausible candidate for prime minister.’
      • ‘Charming and plausible though they are, they can only ever see us as resources to be used.’
      • ‘They had only got seconds to make up their mind because he was so plausible.’
      • ‘However, there is another equally plausible candidate for the role of villain.’
      • ‘There's no plausible candidate out there that wouldn't be a massive improvement in almost every way.’
      • ‘He may be the most plausible Minister, but he does not create policy; he creates a kind of fog.’
      • ‘There is little on the military career that made him a plausible candidate for governor.’
      • ‘Of course, he's horribly plausible and a formidable election campaigner.’
      convincing, effective, cogent, compelling, potent, forceful, eloquent, impressive, weighty, influential, sound, valid, powerful, strong, effectual, efficacious, winning, telling, credible
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Origin

Mid 16th century (also in the sense ‘deserving applause or approval’): from Latin plausibilis, from plaus- ‘applauded’, from the verb plaudere.

Pronunciation

plausible

/ˈplɔːzɪb(ə)l/