plausible definition

  • adjective:
    • Seemingly or obviously valid, most likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible reason.
    • Giving a deceptive effect of truth or reliability.
    • Disingenuously smooth; fast-talking: "bold, unscrupulous, energetic, ... and possible,—a political gladiator, prepared for a 'set-to' in just about any group” ( Frederick Douglass).
    • apparently or evidently legitimate, most likely, or appropriate; reputable: a plausible excuse.
    • Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; obviously right; specious.
    • making use of specious arguments or discourse.
    • worth becoming applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; prepared.
    • Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; prepared.
    • getting approbation; particularly pleasing; apparently right; specious
    • utilizing specious arguments or discourse.
    • apparently reasonable and good, and honest
    • fond of or described as showing specious arguments
  • others:
    • Deserving applause or approval; meritorious; praiseworthy; commendable.
    • Seemingly worth acceptance or approval; apparently correct, meritorious, or worth confidence; having a specious or superficial look of truth or trustworthiness: as, a plausible reason; a plausible theory or doctrine.
    • Fair-spoken and apparently worthy of confidence; utilizing or presenting discourse or arguments that appear correct and worth acceptance: as, a plausible person.
    • Applauding; applausive.
    • Synonyms Colorable, Specious, etc. See ostensible.

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