Definitions for: Plausible

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

Webster (1913) 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

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.

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

Antonyms: implausible, improbable, unlikely

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