What does plausible mean?

Definitions for plausible
ˈplɔ zə bəlplau·si·ble

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.]

How to pronounce plausible?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say plausible in sign language?

  1. plausible


  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

Examples of plausible in a Sentence

  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

  1. plausibleplausibleplausibleplausibleplausible

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for plausible

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • plausibleCatalan, Valencian
  • uvěřitelný, hodnověrný, ocenitelný, přijatelný, věrohodnýCzech
  • plausibel, glaubhaftGerman
  • probable, plausibleSpanish
  • tõenäoline, mõistlik, usutav, vastuvõetavEstonian
  • محتملPersian
  • 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

Get even more translations for plausible »


Find a translation for the plausible definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these plausible definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"plausible." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 25 Feb. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/plausible>.

Are we missing a good definition for plausible? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for plausible:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.