plausible

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 PLAUSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui a une apparence spécieuse. Il en donne une raison plausible. Il prit un prétexte plausible. Ce qu il dit est fort plausible. C est une excuse plausible. Un raisonnement plausible. Un système plausible …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 13 PLAUSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui semble pouvoir être accepté, admis. Il en donne une raison plausible. Il prit un prétexte plausible. Ce qu’il dit est fort plausible. C’est une excuse plausible. Un raisonnement plausible. Un système plausible …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 14 plausible — plausibility, plausibleness, n. plausibly, adv. /plaw zeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable: a plausible excuse; a plausible plot. 2. well spoken and… …

    Universalium

  • 15 plausible — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem, sound ▪ make sth ▪ find sth, think sth ▪ He did not think it plausible that all the differences could be explained in this way …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 plausible — [[t]plɔ͟ːzɪb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED An explanation or statement that is plausible seems likely to be true or valid. A more plausible explanation would seem to be that people are fed up with the Conservative government... That explanation seems… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 plausible — UK [ˈplɔːzəb(ə)l] / US [ˈplɔzəb(ə)l] adjective 1) likely to be true A bomb was the only plausible explanation for the crash. The story was plausible but that didn t necessarily mean it was true. 2) someone who is plausible seems to be honest and… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 plausible — (Del lat. plausibilis.) ► adjetivo 1 Se refiere a la acción que merece ser aplaudida o alabada: ■ una acción heroica como ésa es muy plausible. SINÓNIMO loable 2 Se aplica al motivo o razón que puede ser admitido o aceptado por considerarse… …

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 19 plausible — plau|si|ble [ˈplo:zıbəl US ˈplo: ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: plausibilis worth applauding , from plaudere; PLAUDITS] 1.) reasonable and likely to be true or successful ≠ ↑implausible ▪ His story certainly sounds plausible. ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 plausible — adjective 1 a statement that is plausible is reasonable and seems likely to be true: His explanation sounds fairly plausible to me. 2 someone who is plausible is good at talking in a way that sounds reasonable and truthful, although they may in… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English