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From Latin plausibilis (deserving applause, praiseworthy, acceptable, pleasing), from the participle stem of plaudere (to applaud).

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plausible (comparative more plausible, superlative most plausible)

  1. Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; conceivably true or likely.
    Antonym: implausible
    a plausible excuse
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformative Grammar: A First Course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, 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).
  2. Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious.
    a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion
  3. (obsolete) Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
    • 1693, John Hacket, Scrinia reserata: a Memorial offered to the great Deservings of John Williams:
      capable of receiving a plauſible Anſwer
    • 1955, William H. Townsend, Lincoln and the Bluegrass: Slavery and Civil War in Kentucky:
      [] a coachman named Richard, who was described as a "sensible, well-behaved yellow boy, who is plausible and can read and write."

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Borrowed from Latin plausibilis.

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plausible m or f (masculine and feminine plural plausibles)

  1. plausible

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French

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Learned borrowing from Latin plausibilis.

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plausible (plural plausibles)

  1. plausible
    Near-synonyms: possible, probable
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plausible m or f (plural plausibles)

  1. plausible

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From Latin plausibilis.

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  • IPA(key): /plauˈsible/ [plau̯ˈsi.β̞le]
  • Rhymes: -ible
  • Syllabification: plau‧si‧ble

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plausible m or f (masculine and feminine plural plausibles)

  1. plausible

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