plausible
adjective Etymology: Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere Date: 1565 1. superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious <
a plausible pretext
>
2. superficially pleasing or persuasive <
a swindler…, then a quack, then a smooth, plausible gentleman — R. W. Emerson
>
3. appearing worthy of belief <
the argument was both powerful and plausible
>
plausibleness nounplausibly adverb

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  • plausible — [ plozibl ] adj. • 1552; lat. plausibilis « digne d être applaudi » ♦ Qui semble devoir être admis. ⇒ admissible, vraisemblable. Caractère plausible d un événement. Cause, raison très plausible. ⇒ probable. « Ce motif n était pas le véritable,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Plausible — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Obtaining approbation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plausible — plausible, credible, believable, colorable, specious are comparable when they mean capable of impressing the observer, auditor, or reader as truly or genuinely possessing the quality or character that is set forth or claimed. A thing or sometimes …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • plausible — PLAUSIBLE. adj. de tout genre. Specieux, qui peut passer pour bon. Il ne se dit guere que des raisons, des pretextes. Raison plausible. pretexte plausible …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • plausible — [plô′zə bəl] adj. [L plausibilis < plaudere, to applaud] 1. seemingly true, acceptable, etc.: often implying disbelief 2. seemingly honest, trustworthy, etc.: often implying distrust plausibility n. plausibleness plausibly adv. SYN. PLAUSIBLE… …   English World dictionary

  • plausible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) seeming reasonable or probable. 2) skilled at producing persuasive or deceptive arguments: a plausible liar. DERIVATIVES plausibility noun plausibly adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «deserving applause»: from Latin plaudere… …   English terms dictionary

  • plausible — I adjective accepted, apparent, arguable, believable, cogitable, colorable, commanding belief, conceivable, conjecturable, convincing, credible, defensible, demanding belief, deserving belief, feasible, grantable, imaginable, justifiable,… …   Law dictionary

  • plausible — (adj.) 1540s, acceptable, agreeable, from L. plausibilis deserving applause, acceptable, from pp. stem of plaudere to applaud (see PLAUDIT (Cf. plaudit)). Meaning having the appearance of truth is recorded from 1560s. Related: Plausibility;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • plausible — [adj] reasonable, believable conceivable, credible, creditable, like enough*, likely, logical, persuasive, possible, presumable, probable, smooth, sound, supposable, tenable, valid, very likely; concept 552 Ant. implausible, improbable,… …   New thesaurus

  • plausible — (Del lat. plausibĭlis). 1. adj. Digno o merecedor de aplauso. 2. Atendible, admisible, recomendable. Hubo para ello motivos plausibles …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • plausible — adj. 1) plausible to + inf. (it is plausible to assume that they will not accept our invitation) 2) plausible that + clause (it s plausible that most of the voters will not support this referendum) * * * [ plɔːzəb(ə)l] plausible to + inf. (it is… …   Combinatory dictionary

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