Adjective "plausible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable.
  1. 'it seems plausible that one of two things may happen'
  2. 'A reasoning becomes plausible if it is logical and if there is empirical support.'
  3. 'The chain comes to an end where neither your plausible responses nor mine change as the reasoning continues.'
  4. 'The only plausible reason appears to lie in the quantity of kebabs which are prepared here each day.'
  5. 'Reddin makes a plausible argument that they were also the beginning of Wild West shows.'
  6. 'Rough weather and running out of diesel are not very plausible reasons.'
  7. 'If they are representative, the only plausible answer is to consider their supposed ideology.'
  8. 'There is no definite answer, but if the question itself is analysed a plausible answer might be found.'
  9. 'This is a fairly plausible rationalist explanation of how magic can work.'
  10. 'They have plausible arguments to put forward, and these we must try to answer.'
  11. 'Kurt knew what the homework was, he just wanted a plausible reason to talk to Lester.'
  12. 'However, there is another equally plausible candidate for the role of villain.'
  13. 'The people involved in this scam are very plausible but they are not qualified tradesmen.'
  14. 'In every case they are very plausible and gain the confidence of a trusting generation.'
  15. 'The Liberal Democrats might wake up, go out and at last find a plausible candidate for prime minister.'
  16. 'There is little on the military career that made him a plausible candidate for governor.'


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 apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust: a plausible commentator.

More examples(as adjective)

"theories can be plausible to offsprings."

"theories can be plausible as readings."

"suggestions can be plausible to somes."

"stories can be plausible by things."

"people can be plausible in contexts."

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