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; plausibly.

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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] 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

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