plausible Definition

  • 1(of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable
  • 2able to be believed

Using plausible: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "plausible" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    His explanation sounded plausible.

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    The story is plausible, but there is no evidence to support it.

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    It is not plausible that he could have committed the crime.

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    The theory is plausible, but it needs further investigation.

plausible Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with plausible

  • the ability of a person to deny knowledge of or responsibility for something that has happened or been done, typically because there is no clear evidence to the contrary


    The politician maintained plausible deniability, claiming that he had no knowledge of the illegal activities of his staff.

  • an explanation that is reasonable and believable


    The detective provided a plausible explanation for the crime, based on the available evidence.

  • a story that is believable and seems likely to be true


    The witness told a plausible story about what he had seen on the night of the crime.

Origins of plausible

from Latin 'plausibilis', meaning 'worthy of applause'


Summary: plausible in Brief

The term 'plausible' [ˈplɔːzəbl] refers to arguments or statements that seem reasonable or probable, and are able to be believed. It is often used in situations where there is no clear evidence to support or refute a claim, such as 'His explanation sounded plausible.' 'Plausible' extends into phrases like 'plausible deniability,' which refers to the ability to deny knowledge or responsibility for something, and 'plausible story,' which denotes a believable and likely account.

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