Crossword clues for plausible
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plausible \Plau"si*ble\, a. [L. plausibilis praiseworthy, from plaudere, plausum, to applaud, clap the hands, strike, beat.]
Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready. [Obs.]
Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion. ``Plausible and popular arguments.''
Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker.
Syn: Plausible, Specious.
Usage: Plausible denotes that which seems reasonable, yet leaves distrust in the judgment. Specious describes that which presents a fair appearance to the view and yet covers something false. Specious refers more definitely to the act or purpose of false representation; plausible has more reference to the effect on the beholder or hearer. An argument may by specious when it is not plausible because its sophistry is so easily discovered.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1540s, "acceptable, agreeable," from Latin plausibilis "deserving applause, acceptable," from plaus-, past participle stem of plaudere "to applaud" (see plaudit). Meaning "having the appearance of truth" is recorded from 1560s. Related: Plausibly.
a. 1 Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse. 2 Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious. 3 (context obsolete English) Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
adj. apparently reasonable and valid [ant: implausible]
within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse"; "a plausible story" [syn: likely]
appearing to merit belief or acceptance; "a credible witness"; "a plausible story" [syn: credible]
Usage examples of "plausible".
Montgomery, in an excellent paper, advances the theory, which is very plausible, that intrauterine amputations are caused by contraction of bands or membranes of organized lymph encircling the limb and producing amputation by the same process of disjunctive atrophy that the surgeons induce by ligature.
His object was to prove that the assignment was not in the deed when Talbott got it: but it was discovered he could not swear this safely, without first swearing the deed was opened--and if he swore it was opened, he must show a motive for opening it, and the conclusion with him and his father was that the pointing out the error would appear the most plausible.
That impression, however, he desired to deepen, and whilst Armand was worrying his brain to find a plausible excuse for going away, de Batz was racking his to find one for keeping him here.
He went to his room early, explaining that he was weary from the ride, a perfectly plausible excuse.
This notion is plausible in a merely hydrostatical point of view, and is supposed to have been adopted by most of the Fellows of Trinity, but certainly not by Thorp, who is one of the most amiable of their number.
Worse, he thought shiftable hodiechrons and temporal oscillation were entirely plausible, and when she told him she thought Max was having some kind of midlife crisis, Dr.
Beware of Aswydd influences, have none of that house near you, have your food tasted, and do not be misled by plausible villains.
This motion was plausible, and this time the obstructor spoke plausibly, concealing the temper which really pervaded his opposition.
Changes in the entry of calcium ions, or the phosphorylation of membrane constituents, or the activation of NMDA receptors, all seem plausible ways of bringing about a temporary change in the electrical properties of a cell, but what makes the change persist -what puts the L into LTP - should be the important question, if LTP is really to serve as a model for long-term memory.
If so, it seems plausible that repressed, unconscious, and preconscious mental processes that simply happen to be unconscious may, with training, be brought into the light of introspective awareness.
There is no plausible correspondence between these cases and the sending out from the ark of the patriarchal family to repeople the world.
Causey told me lent a plausible historical context to the implausible reality of Diamond Bar, but the key ingredient of the spell that had worked an enchantment upon the prison was missing, and when at last I went to visit Czerny, I had retrenched somewhat and was content to lean upon my assumption that we knew nothing of our circumstance and that everything we thought we knew might well have been put forward to distract us from the truth.
Neither the Pasteurians nor their opponents the Sanitarians would leave parents free to bring up their children naked, though that course also has some plausible advocates.
Though she was abnormally shrewd, a plausible sharpster had probed for a weak point and gouged her without mercy.
The eloquent trifler, whose stock of words has been accumulated by a pair of light fingers, would stand denuded of his plausible pretences as soon as it were seen how roguishly he came by his eloquence.