Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible.
  • adjective Persuasive or ingratiating, especially in an effort to deceive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Deserving applause or approval; meritorious; praiseworthy; commendable.
  • 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.
  • Fair-spoken and apparently worthy of confidence; using or presenting discourse or arguments that seem right and worthy of acceptance: as, a plausible person.
  • Applauding; applausive.
  • Synonyms Colorable, Specious, etc. See ostensible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
  • adjective Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious
  • adjective Using specious arguments or discourse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
  • adjective Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious.
  • adjective Using specious arguments or discourse.
  • adjective obsolete Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
  • adjective given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin plausibilis, deserving applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere, to applaud.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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