What does plausible mean?

Definitions for plausibleˈplɔ zə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plausible.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plausible(adj)

    apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

    "a plausible excuse"

  2. plausible(adj)

    given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments

    "a plausible liar"


  1. plausible(Adjective)

    Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.

  2. plausible(Adjective)

    Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.

  3. plausible(Adjective)

    Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion.

  4. plausible(Adjective)

    Using specious arguments in discourse that sound likely but are intended to deceive; as, a plausible speaker.

  5. Origin: From plausibilis, from the participle stem of plaudere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plausible(adj)

    worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready

  2. Plausible(adj)

    obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion

  3. Plausible(adj)

    using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plausible

    plawz′i-bl, adj. that may be applauded: seemingly worthy of approval or praise: superficially pleasing: apparently right: fair-spoken: popular.—ns. Plausibil′ity, Plaus′ibleness, an appearance of being right or worthy of approval: that which seems right and true at first sight.—adv. Plaus′ibly. [L. plausibilisplaudĕre, to praise.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plausible in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plausible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

  2. Leslie Miklosy:

    I never met a plausible excuse I didn't like.

  3. The State-Boston Retirement System:

    The only plausible explanation for the sharp break.

  4. Will Rogers:

    People love high ideals, but they got to be about 33-percent plausible.

  5. President Barack Obama on Monday:

    There is, in our view, not a plausible legal basis for striking it down.

Images & Illustrations of plausible

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Translations for plausible

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • plausibleCatalan, Valencian
  • uvěřitelný, hodnověrný, ocenitelný, přijatelný, věrohodnýCzech
  • plausibel, glaubhaftGerman
  • probable, plausibleSpanish
  • tõenäoline, mõistlik, usutav, vastuvõetavEstonian
  • uskottavaFinnish
  • so-chredjallaghManx
  • मुमकिन, प्रशंसनीयHindi
  • もっともらしいですJapanese
  • iespējams, ticamsLatvian
  • aannemelijk, aanneembaarDutch
  • plausívelPortuguese
  • plauzibilRomanian
  • похожий на правду, состоятельный, приемлемый, достойный похвалы, аргументированный, правдоподобный, вероятныйRussian
  • prihvatljiv, moguć, plauzibilan, vjerojatan, verovatanSerbo-Croatian
  • rimlig, plausibelSwedish

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