plausible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj plausible apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful "a plausible excuse"
    • adj plausible given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments "a plausible liar"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plausible Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion. "Plausible and popular arguments."
    • Plausible Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker.
    • Plausible Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plausible Deserving applause or approval; meritorious; praiseworthy; commendable.
    • plausible Seemingly worthy of acceptance or approval; apparently right, meritorious, or worthy of confidence; having a specious or superficial appearance of truth or trustworthiness: as, a plausible excuse; a plausible theory or doctrine.
    • plausible Fair-spoken and apparently worthy of confidence; using or presenting discourse or arguments that seem right and worthy of acceptance: as, a plausible person.
    • plausible Applauding; applausive.
    • plausible Synonyms Colorable, Specious, etc. See ostensible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Plausible plawz′i-bl that may be applauded: seemingly worthy of approval or praise: superficially pleasing: apparently right: fair-spoken: popular
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Criticism is prejudice made plausible.”
  • Jean Cocteau
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    “Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. plausibilis, praiseworthy, from plaudere, plausum, to applaud, clap the hands, strike, beat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. plausibilisplaudĕre, to praise.

Usage

In literature:

But Metaphysicians have raised many plausible objections to these assumptions.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
I revolved them anew, but they only acquired greater plausibility.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
It is more or less an imitation of what has been done already, therefore always plausible.
"The Mind of the Artist" by Various
The fact that Ramsay does not mention the Templars by name admits of a very plausible explanation.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
There, everything sounds as plausible as everything else.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
Bekker loved to trace all spirit-stories to some plausible origin, and then to hold them up to the ridicule of the masses.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
It was a plausible theory and Henry agreed with him.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Demme's plausible investigation is also widely quoted to support the belief that alcohol poisons the germ-plasm.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Francis had many plausible excuses, and sought to prove that he was not really the aggressor.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
It requires fertility of invention, vividness of imagination, and a plausible and convincing style.
"Short Story Writing" by Charles Raymond Barrett
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In poetry:

Is one begat in Bassora,
One lies in Damietta dying--
The plausibilities of God
All possibles o'erlying.
"Self" by Madison Julius Cawein
Stained with oil,
In authentic caps,
True-to-life in their perfectly plausible jobs,
They enter and exit with speeches
That unfurl like carpets under their feet.
"Actors" by Marin Sorescu
To the portal gleaming, where the waiting sphinxes,
Humoring his dreaming, give him what he thinks is
Key to the arcana--plausible equation
Of the problems many in his incarnation.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
'Twas put unto the Vote at last,
And in the Negative it past,
None to her Aid shou'd move;
Yet since ARDELIA was a Friend,
Excuses 'twas agreed to send,
Which plausible might prove:
"To Mr. F. Now Earl Of W" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
While purblind party-strife with venomous spite
Made plausible wrong seem right,--
O then for that unselfish hero-chief
Tender and true, and lost
At Trafalgar,--or him, whose patriot grief
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Obama-Romney race has both arguing plausible path to victory.
A Highly Plausible Theory of Al Qaeda's Decline.
"Anti-colonial" Obama not plausible .
Editing 'error' by NBC News not plausible .
I like to create settings that are creative but plausible , even if they may not exist or aren't well known.
Is Cain's denial plausible .
Rick Perry has a plausible path to the presidency.
New Research Finds No Plausible Land Use Change from Ethanol Production.
ACC start seemed beyond plausible if not necessary, presuming the Hokies harbored.
Selig Approves Miami-Toronto Deal, Saying Judgment Involved Is 'Plausible.
Deal, he says, based on 'plausible baseball judgment.
A taco truck crashed into a divey '70s-style SoCal lounge and they called the hybrid the El Camino Inn OK, not really, but that sounds like a plausible creation myth to me.
The prosecution have portrayed him as a "plausible liar" and "master fraudster" who hid what he was doing from his colleagues .
T he first statements from the Obama administration about what happened in Benghazi seemed plausible.
Bipartisan deal to avoid 'fiscal cliff' plausible, state Congress members say.
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In science:

In the limit of large n, the reduced version of Gn is nearly identical to the infinite, translationally invariant line, so it is plausible that propagation on Gn will also occur with speed 2√2γ .
An example of the difference between quantum and classical random walks
The sum of the squares of the signal-to-noise ratios in the 11 filters, listed in Table 1, is unity, and this is true for any plausible form for the Cl spectrum.
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
We then plausibly assume that + is commutative in general.
Physics with exotic probability theory
Plausibly also requiring scaling of probabilities by real numbers, we assume, at this stage, that the probabilities of interest are real associative algebras with unit.
Physics with exotic probability theory
The interpretation of the IPR can be made plausible by considering two l ≡ 1/√N the IPR is 1/N , limiting cases.
Portfolio Optimization and the Random Magnet Problem
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