Definition of plausible in US 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’
    • ‘Schopenhauer has a very clear and plausible answer: location in space and time.’
    • ‘Reddin makes a plausible argument that they were also the beginning of Wild West shows.’
    • ‘If they are representative, the only plausible answer is to consider their supposed ideology.’
    • ‘The only plausible reason appears to lie in the quantity of kebabs which are prepared here each day.’
    • ‘Martin had a way of making a very plausible argument for resettling the Karma circle back on it's axis.’
    • ‘Rough weather and running out of diesel are not very plausible reasons.’
    • ‘This is a fairly plausible rationalist explanation of how magic can work.’
    • ‘There is a plausible argument for the respondent on the following lines.’
    • ‘I can't imagine any plausible reason to think that the CIA had a hand in this, however indirectly.’
    • ‘These are all plausible objections to globalization as the defining element in contemporary order.’
    • ‘Only the public service side has a plausible argument for public money.’
    • ‘The chain comes to an end where neither your plausible responses nor mine change as the reasoning continues.’
    • ‘The conclusion must be reached that it is bad management on your part unless there is some other more plausible reason.’
    • ‘There is no definite answer, but if the question itself is analysed a plausible answer might be found.’
    • ‘Kurt knew what the homework was, he just wanted a plausible reason to talk to Lester.’
    • ‘A reasoning becomes plausible if it is logical and if there is empirical support.’
    • ‘They have plausible arguments to put forward, and these we must try to answer.’
    • ‘There is no plausible reason and explanation why the amount should be increased.’
    • ‘In the present state of our knowledge delle Vida's argument is plausible but not decisive.’
    • ‘Each version of the letters gives plausible reasons as to why the sender wants the money holding in a British account.’
    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.’
      • ‘There's no plausible candidate out there that wouldn't be a massive improvement in almost every way.’
      • ‘Of course, he's horribly plausible and a formidable election campaigner.’
      • ‘They had only got seconds to make up their mind because he was so plausible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In every case they are very plausible and gain the confidence of a trusting generation.’
      • ‘Charming and plausible though they are, they can only ever see us as resources to be used.’
      • ‘The Liberal Democrats might wake up, go out and at last find a plausible candidate for prime minister.’
      • ‘However, there is another equally plausible candidate for the role of villain.’
      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

/ˈplɔzəb(ə)l//ˈplôzəb(ə)l/