- Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
1988, Andrew Radford, Transformative Grammar: A First Course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-34750-5, page 64:
- In short, the twin assumptions that syntactic rules are category-based, and that there are a highly restricted finite set of categories in any natural language (perhaps no more than a dozen major categories), together with the assumption that the child either knows (innately) or learns (by experience) that all rules are structure-dependent ( =category-based), provide a highly plausible model of language acquisition, in which languages become learnable in a relatively short, finite period of time (a few years).
- Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious.
- a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion
- Using specious arguments or discourse. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
- a plausible speaker
- (obsolete) Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hacket to this entry?)
worthy of being applauded
plausible (masculine and feminine, plural plausibles)
- "plausible" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).