plausible


plausible
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 applies to that which at first glance appears to be true, reasonable, valid, etc. but which may or may not be so, although there is no connotation of deliberate deception [a plausible argument ]; CREDIBLE is used of that which is believable because it is supported by evidence, sound logic, etc. [a credible account ]; SPECIOUS applies to that which is superficially reasonable, valid, etc. but is actually not so, and it connotes intention to deceive [a specious excuse ] -ANT. GENUINE, ACTUAL

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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

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